All too easy for Tyrone
With four wins from four, the Red Hands are flying high and well on their way to promotion. Mickey Harte's men extended their 100 per cent record at Healy Park last night, where Kyle Coney turned in a masterclass of clinical finishing.
Coney stepped up to the mark with a fabulous display of finishing, kicking three glorious points from play, equally graceful with either foot, as the home side took control early on. Martin Penrose converted a free, and when Coney arrowed over his third score, they led by 0-5 to no score after 21 minutes.
Pat Flanagan sprung Denis Glennon from the bench and he got the visitors' opening score in the 28th minute, but when Peter Harte sent Paddy McNeice through on goal, Michael Curley conceded a penalty, which Harte blasted home for a 1-6 to 0-2 half-time lead.
Tyrone turned the screw with a second goal just 20 seconds after the restart, Penrose drilling the ball past Gary Connaughton from Mark Donnelly's pass. Owen Mulligan and Penrose got in on the act, and 12 points separated the sides by the time Denis Glennon hit his second score. Westmeath, who finished the game with 14 men following a second booking for sub Mark Gorman, now find themselves in a real relegation battle.
Scorers -- Tyrone: M Penrose 1-2 (2f), P Harte 1-0 (pen), K Coney 0-4, O Mulligan 0-2 (1f), S Cavanagh, J Lafferty, D McCaul 0-1 each Westmeath: Denis Glennon 0-3, David Glennon, G Egan, J Heslin (f), R Foley, K Martin 0-1 each.
Tyrone: P McConnell; A McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn; C McCarron, P Harte, D McCaul; M Murphy, Joe McMahon; R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, P McNeice; K Coney, M Penrose, O Mulligan. Subs: C Cavanagh for Joe McMahon (h-t), C Gormley for McCaul (43), S Cavanagh for Penrose (49), J Lafferty for Mulligan (51), S McNulty for Quinn (54)
Westmeath: G Connaughton; M Curley, K Gavin, K Maguire; D McDermott, M Ennis, A Finnan; J Heslin, P Bannon; K Martin, G Egan, P Sheridan; A Giles, David Glennon, P Sharry. Subs: Denis Glennon for Giles (23), R Foley for Sheridan (25), M Gorman for Maguire (62), B Moran for Egan (62), J Egan for Ennis (67)
Referee: J Curley (Meath).
Sunday Indo Sport