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Tyrone find the net to secure final spot

Goals win matches, as experienced Tyrone clearly showed in their dismissal of a plucky Cavan side in Brewster Park last night.

The Red Hands struck two killer goals early in the second half from Martin Penrose and Patrick McNiece to see off the Cavan challenge.

The home side were leading 0-11 to 0-6 when Penrose coolly converted a penalty after corner-forward Mark Donnelly was up-ended in the square.

Wing-forward McNiece finished a flowing Tyrone move two minutes later to put the Red Hands ahead 2-6 to 0-11.

Youthful Cavan refused to buckle, despite the fact they were always playing catch-up, as Tyrone brought on Stephen O'Neill -- who helped himself to a pair of points -- to effectively seal matters.

Cavan dominated the opening half and were well worth their 0-10 to 0-6 half-time lead, thanks to some superb accuracy from corner-forward Seanie Johnston, who ended his shift with a superb total of 0-9 in a losing cause.

But after those killer goals there was simply no stopping last year's finalists.

SCORERS -- Tyrone: M Penrose 1-4, P McNiece 1-0, S O'Neill 0-2, K Hughes, A Cassidy, S Cavanagh, B McGuigan 0-1 each. Cavan: S Johnston 0-9, R Flanagan 0-2, R Culliman, K Fanian, G Pierson 0-1.

Tyrone -- J Curran; A McGrory, D McCall, PJ Quinn; R McNabb, D Carlin, S McNally; K Hughes, A Cassidy; S Cavanagh, B McGuigan, P McNiece; C Gervan, M Penrose, M Donnelly. Subs: S O'Neill for C Gervan, R McNabb M Swift for S McNally

Cavan -- J Riley; A Clarke, P Carroll, S Jordan; M McKeever, J McCutcheon, D O'Reilly; R Culliman, P O'Reilly; K Fanian, N Murray, R Flanagan; S Johnston, G Pierson, B Fitzpatrick. Subs: B Riley for N Murray.

  • Dublin hurlers are still hoping they will have Johnny McCaffrey available for the opening stages of their NHL campaign.

The Lucan clubman has appealed the straight red card which he received in last month's Walsh Cup semi-final against Galway and a Leinster Council hearing has been pencilled in for tonight.

Irish Independent