Friday 13 December 2019

Harte and O'Neill shine for Tyrone

Tyrone 1-16 St Mary's 1-11

Three Peter Harte points helped Tyrone get a foothold. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Three Peter Harte points helped Tyrone get a foothold. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Holders Tyrone remain on course for the Dr McKenna Cup final following a five-point win over a lively St Mary's side at Coalisland.

The Red Hands had to work hard to get their noses in front with a Ciaran McLaughlin goal after 21 minutes, and still led by just two points at the break.

The students started strongly with scores from Stephen McConville, Darragh Kavanagh and the excellent Oisin O'Neill, but three Peter Harte points helped Tyrone get a foothold.

Defender McLaughlin hit the net to push them two ahead, but St Mary's responded with a Jarlath Óg Burns goal.

A couple of Ronan McHugh points pushed Tyrone into a 1-7 to 1-5 interval lead, and while Kavanagh and Oisin O'Neill were on target for St Mary's early in the second half, they were guilty of some wasteful finishing.

Despite the loss of Harte to a black card, the Red Hands pushed on with points from Ronan O'Neill and McHugh, and were leading by three going into the final 10 minutes.

Oisin O'Neill's fifth closed the gap, but late scores from substitutes Mattie Donnelly and Tiernan McCann sealed it for Tyrone.

Scorers- Tyrone: R O'Neill (1f), P Harte (2f, 1 '45) 0-4 each, C McLaughlin 1-0, R McHugh 0-3, B McDonnell, M Donnelly, T McCann, N Sludden and M McKernan 0-1 each. St Mary's: O O'Neill 0-5 (1f), J Óg Burns 1-0, , D Kavanagh 0-3 (1f), S McConville, C McConville, L Devlin 0-1 each.

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Tyrone - M O'Neill; A McCrory, C McCarron, M Cassidy; C McLaughlin, R McNabb, K McGeary; B McDonnell, D McClure; R Donnelly, C McCann, P Harte; R O'Neill, R McHugh, C McAliskey. Subs: P Hampsey for McNabb (43), M Donnelly for R Donnelly (43), N Sludden (43) for McAliskey, F Burns for Harte (BC, 47), M McKernan for McCarron (50), T McCann for McLaughlin (67).

St Mary's - M Reid; K Mallon, J Hannigan, M Rooney; C Byrne, C McConville, L Rafferty; L Devlin, O O'Neill; S McConville, C Meyler, J Óg Burns; C Convery, D Kavanagh, A Boyle. Subs: C McKeever for Boyle (54), PJ Drake for Rafferty (56), C Carr for Devlin (60), J Colton for Convery (67), G Walsh for Byrne (67), R McSherry for Rooney (68).

REF - B Cassidy (Derry).


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