Grogan strike puts paid to limp Leitrim challenge
TYRONE 4-22 LEITRIM 1-6
An impressive display by a stronger and more skilful Tyrone demolished Leitrim at Ballinamore yesterday.
The visitors were dominant from the start, but poor finishing yielded just 0-2 to Leitrim's 0-1 after 11 minutes. A Damien Casey goal in the 20th minute was cancelled out by a point and a goal by Leitrim's Clement Cunniffe two minutes later to restore parity.
However, that was as good as it got for the home side as Tyrone stepped up a gear and finished the half 1-8 to 1-2 ahead.
Garry Fox and Shea McKiver extended the lead with further points on the resumption followed by a Conor Grogan goal in the 39th minute.
The remainder of the half was all Tyrone as the Leitrim challenge never materialised and the game as a contest was over long before the final whistle.
Man of the Match: D Casey (Tyrone)
Scorers -- Tyrone: D Casey 1-7 (2f),C Grogan, S Hagan (1f) 1-3 each, S McKiver 1-1, J Kelly 0-3, S Og Grogan 0-2, A Kelly (1f), G Fox, G Gilmore 0-1 each. Leitrim: C Cunniffe 1-5 (4f 1 '65), M Dolan 0-1.
TYRONE -- J Devlin; M Kelly, D Maguire, S P Begley; M O'Gorman, M Grogan, S McCrory; A Kelly, J Kelly; G Fox, S McKiver, D Casey; C Grogan, S Og Grogan, G Gilmore. Subs: P O'Connor for G Fox, S Hagan for G Gilmore.C Cross for D Maguire.J Kelly for J Devlin.J Patton for D Casey.
LEITRIM -- A Duffy; S McTiernan, V McDermott, M Poinard; P McManus, S Feeney, K McGrath (capt); D Ponard, M Quinn; M O'Donoghue, M Dolan, S Moradi; P Clerkin, C Cunniffe, D Ryan. Subs: P McKiernan for A Duffy, N McLoughlin for D Ryan, T Glancy for M O'Donoghue, K Boyle for M Poinard, K Clerkin for M Dolan.
REF -- G Chapman (Sligo)
At half-time, with Fermanagh leading by 0-9 to 0-5, and with Longford yet to score from play, the newly crowned Division 3B champions were well on course for a comprehensive victory.
And so it proved as the Erne men romped away in the second half.
After a closely contested first 10 minutes, a Ryan Bogue free began the hosts' charge.
The ever-present Bogue was to be the catalyst for much of Fermanagh's forward play -- along with a fantastic first-half showing from Sean Corrigan, who registered 0-5 at corner-forward.
Longford appeared determined not to offer their opposition an easy ride, however, and the accuracy of midfielder Eoin Donnellan saw the Leinster men still in with a chance midway through the second half.
But a goal from John Paul McGarry helped Fermanagh storm into a 10-point lead and they eventually progressed to the semi-final in routine fashion.
Man of the Match: R Bogue (Fermanagh)
Scorers -- Fermanagh: R Bogue 0-9 (7f, 1 '65'), S Corrigan 0-5, JP McGarry 1-1, S Duffy 0-2, A Breslin, P McGoldrick 0-1 each. Longford: E Donnellan 1-8 (9f)
Fermanagh -- D McPhillips; K Mahon, F Bannon, S Mulholland; F McBrien, D Slevin, K Kehoe; Goldrick, R Bogue; S Duffy, E Morrissey, JP McGarry; S Corrigan, D McGarry,A Breslin Subs: McManus on for McGoldrick, P Timoney for Breslin, S Curran for Morrissey, R Porteous for Bannon.
Longford -- C O'Reagan; D Connolly, S Browne, J Carroll; L Kavanagh, C Finucane, P Hegarty; R Donnellan, E Donnellan; R Breslin, J Newman, K Murray; C Corcaran, F Daly, P Corcoran Subs: Molihan for Kavanagh, S Roche for Breslin, A Kelly for C Corcoran, P McGarry for Murray.
Ref -- B Sweeney (Cavan)