Saturday 18 November 2017

Game At A Glance

Man of the Match

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Darren McCurry (Tyrone)

When your starting midfield and forwards score 0-23 between them, it's hard to single anyone out but corner-forward McCurry had seven of his 0-8 (3fs) by half-time and made most of his impact before Tyrone were out of sight.

TURNING POINT

You could be facetious and say 'the throw-in' because Tyrone were never once troubled and had raced into 14-0 lead within the opening 28 minutes.

TALKING POINT

The gulf in class between the sides, and the fact that so many Tyrone fans travelled. Their team gives them plenty of reason for devotion but their enduring loyalty is still hugely admirable.

MAGIC MOMENT

Ironically, the most spectacular move of the day came from Offaly, early in the second half, when Peter Cunningham and Dan Currams combined brilliantly to put Ciaran Hurley through on goal only for his shot to come crashing back out off the crossbar.

REF WATCH

David Coldrick played plenty of good 'advantages' and can be excused for giving Offaly a few soft frees.

WHAT THEY SAID

Mickey Harte (Tyrone manager):

"We were so efficient in the first half that the game was out of reach. We were in a position where we were hot favourites, so we had to play like hot favourites."

Emmet McDonnell (Offaly manager):

"We could have competed with a lot of teams in Round 1 and Round 2 but Tyrone are too strong and experienced."

MATCH STATISTICS

WIDES:

TYRONE 11 (5 FIRST HALF)

OFFALY 8 (3)

FREES:

TYRONE 24 (13)

OFFALY 20 (11)

Yellow Cards:

Tyrone 2 (Matt Donnelly 50, McBride 70) Offaly 3 (Carroll 9, Bracken 29, Hanlon 33)

Red Cards:

Offaly 0

Tyrone 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Tyrone canter into the second round of the qualifiers but Offaly's season is over.

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