Coney leaves Monaghan at a 'low ebb'
Tyrone 1-16 Monaghan 1-6
MONAGHAN manager Eamonn McEneaney promised that his players would bounce back and make an impact in the championship after this heavy defeat cost them their second-tier status.
The Red Hands, already promoted, showed no mercy to their neighbours at Healy Park, where they strode to a 10-point win, their seventh on the trot.
"All we can do is regroup, get them back into training and try to make an impact in the championship," said McEneaney after a Kyle Coney-inspired Tyrone inflicted their fifth defeat of the campaign.
Coney shot eight points, while Cathal McCarron completed the demolition job with a late goal.
Now the Farney boss is focusing on the Ulster Championship opener against Antrim. "We don't have any option. Obviously we're very disappointed, we're at a low ebb in terms of confidence," he said.
"But the championship will be another day and we have to regroup and come back strong for that."
McEneaney will be hoping his walking wounded will be fit to face Antrim, an injury crisis having blighted an ill-fated league campaign.
"The loss of so many players has killed us over the past while. Conor McManus and Tommy Freeman, in particular, have been a huge loss to us, and you can't win a whole pile without your talismen.
"When your confidence is low and you don't get off to a good start, it puts you on the back foot. We didn't get off to a good start. I think boys started to doubt themselves a bit."
Six of the best from Coney helped Tyrone lead by 0-10 to 0-3 at the break, with Paul Finlay hitting all Monaghan's scores. He was the only starting player to score for Monaghan all afternoon.
Substitute Ciaran Hanratty pulled back a goal for Monaghan within 20 seconds of the restart, and they closed the gap to four points. But they lacked the penetration they needed to push on, and Tyrone regrouped to kill the game off with points from Coney, Owen Mulligan and Cathal McCarron, who also blasted home a stoppage-time goal.
Man of the Match: Kyle Coney (Tyrone)
SCORERS -- Tyrone: C McCarron 1-1, K Coney 0-8 (5f), O Mulligan 0-3 (3f), S Cavanagh 0-2, P Harte, C Cavanagh 0-1 each. Monaghan: C Hanratty 1-0, P Finlay 0-4 (4f), T Freeman 0-2 (1f).
TYRONE -- P McConnell 6; A McCrory 6, Justin McMahon 6, PJ Quinn 6; C McCarron 7, P Harte 7, R McMenamin 6; M Murphy 6, C Cavanagh 7; R McNabb 7, Mark Donnelly 7, S Cavanagh 6; K Coney 8, S O'Neill 6, O Mulligan 6. Subs: C Gormley 6 for McMahon, N McKenna 7 for S Cavanagh, A Cassidy 6 for Murphy, P McNeice 5 for O'Neill, D Carlin 5 for Quinn.
MONAGHAN -- M Keogh 6; V Corey 7, D Mone 6, K Duffy 6; D Malone 5, D Wylie 6, David Hughes 6; E Lennon 7, D Clerkin 7; P Finlay 7, Darren Hughes 6, N McAdam 5; C McGuinness 5, K Hughes 6, S Gollogly 5. Subs: D Morgan 6 for Duffy, T Freeman 7 for Malone, P Dooney 6 for Gollogly, C Hanratty 7 for McGuinness, C McManus 5 for Clerkin.
REF -- M Higgins (Fermanagh)