Burns too hot in Tyrone stroll
Tyrone 4-20 Antrim 2-11
Reigning champions Tyrone served notice of their intentions with a big win over Antrim in this McKenna Cup opener last night.
The Red Hands, who are aiming for a seventh title on the trot, scored four goals and were never in any danger of losing.
A goal from Padraig McNulty got them going during the opening period and they led by 1-10 to 0-4 at the interval break.
But Tyrone, who played the home tie at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, really turned on the style on the resumption,.
Further goals from man of the match Frank Burns, Niall Sludden and the returning Connor McAliskey saw them put the game beyond reach of the Saffrons long before the finish.
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To their credit, Antrim kept on battling and were rewarded for their efforts with late goals from Callum Duffin and Matt Fitzpatrick, but they were never going to threaten Tyrone's dominance on the scoreboard.
Scorers - Tyrone: F Burns 1-4, D McCurry 0-5, C McAliskey 1-1 (1f), C McShane 0-4, P McNulty 1-0, N Sludden 1-0, L Brennan 0-2 (1f, 1'45), M Donnelly 0-2, R McHugh 0-2. Antrim: R Murray 0-5 (1f), CJ McGourty 0-4 (3f), C Duffin 1-1, M Fitzpatrick 1-0, C Murray 0-1.
Tyrone - N Morgan; B Burns, P Hampsey, M McKernan; T McCann, HP McGeary, K McGeary; C McShane, P McNulty; M Donnelly, N Sludden, F Burns; D McCurry, C McAliskey, L Brennan.
Subs: R McNabb for K McGeary (46), R McHugh for C McAliskey (46), D McClure for P McNulty (48), C McLaughlin for T McCann (44), M Cassidy for M McKernan (65).
Antrim - P Nugent; P Brannigan, P Gallagher, C Lemon; K O'Boyle, S McVeigh, J Laverty; M McCarry, N McKeever; S Beatty, M Fitzpatrick, R McCann; C McGourty, C Duffin, R Murray. Subs: P McBride for J Laverty (35), C Murray for M McCarry (35), K O hEeili for R McCann (41), N Delargy for C Lemon (41), S McVeigh for P McAleer (42)
Ref - E McFeely (Donegal)