Deadly Kielt fires Derry to victory
Six James Kielt points and a Raymond Wilkinson goal helped Derry get their NFL campaign off to a winning start at Celtic Park last night.
In front of a crowd of 6,000, this was a typical derby, feisty at times and always interesting In the end, Derry's clinical finishing was the difference, with Kielt and Eoin Bradley in free-scoring form, while Wilkinson's second-half goal gave them daylight.
It was Derry who displayed all the early dash and verve. Points from Andrew McCartney and James Kielt sent them three clear by the 10th minute and, with a 0-9 to 0-6 lead, Derry were looking good at the halfway stage. Things got even better for them when they reeled off the first three points of the second half.
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte gave vent to his concern by making a treble substitution on 47 minutes, and his side rallied with a couple of Tommy McGuigan scores.
But substitute Brian Mullan drove a long ball into the danger area and when the ball broke, Wilkinson scrambled to the net in the 57th minute. The Red Hands roared back and Colm Cavanagh slid home a goal at the far post. The comeback was well and truly on when Penrose and McCusker hit the target to narrow the gap to four, but Derry rallied again to survive.
Scorers -- Derry: J Kielt 0-6 (0-6f); R Wilkinson 1-2; E Bradley 0-4 (0-2f, 1 '45); M Lynch 0-2; C Kielt, G O'Kane, D Mullan, A McCartney 0-1 each. Tyrone: T McGugan 0-5 (0-3f); M Penrose 0-4 (0-3f); C Cavanagh 1-0; K Coney, A Cassidy, E McCusker 0-1 each.
Derry: B Gillis; B Og McAlary, G O'Kane, D McBride; C Kielt, M Lynch, L Hinphey; F Doherty, P Bradley; C O'Boyle, J Kielt, A McCartney; S Bradley, E Bradley, R Wilkinson. Subs: D Mullan for O'Boyle (32), B Mullan for S Bradley (48), J Diver for P Bradley (53), E Lynn for McCartney (67), B McGuigan for Wilkinson (68).
Tyrone: J Curran; M Swift, Justin McMahon, Joe McMahon; D Carlin, C Gormley, R McNabb; A Cassidy, K Hughes; K Coney, B McGuigan, E McGinley; C Cavanagh, M Penrose T McGuigan. Subs: E McCusker for Coney (47), S O'Neill for McNabb (47), R McMenamin for Justin McMahon (47), D Harte for Swift (64).
Referee: P McEnaney (Monaghan).