Wednesday 21 February 2018

McGuigan ensures tyrone claim last-four berth

Tyrone 1-18
UUJ 2-11

Tyrone needed a late surge at Healy Park to see off the students from UUJ to claim a place in the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals.

A third straight win in the space of a week earned the Red Hands a last-four clash with Cavan.

Brian McGuigan's second-half goal helped dig the hosts out of a difficult situation.

Mattie Donnelly grabbed a 13th- minute goal for the students, but scores from Sean Cavanagh and Martin Penrose ensured Tyrone led by 0-10 to 1-6 at half-time.

Caolan O'Boyle plundered a second UUJ goal two minutes into the second half and they were ahead until McGuigan's dipping shot went in off the far post midway through the second half.

Tyrone's experienced saw them take control, with Ciaran Girvan, Cavanagh and McGuigan getting them over the line.

Scorers -- Tyrone: S Cavanagh 0-6 (6f), B McGuigan 1-2, M Penrose 0-3 (1f), S O'Neill 0-2, P McNeice, C Girvan, M Donnelly, D Carlin, A Cassidy 0-1 each. UUJ: M Donnelly, C O'Boyle (0-1f) 1-1 each, E McGuckin, C Murney, C McManus (1f) 0-2 each, D Morgan, D McNulty, R Pickering 0-1 each.

Tyrone -- J Curran; M Swift, C McCarron, D McCaul; S McNally, D Carlin, R McMenamin; K Hughes, A Cassidy; M Penrose, B McGuigan, S Cavanagh; P McNeice, S O'Neill, C Girvan. Subs: PJ Quinn for McCarron, E McGinley for Hughes, R McNabb for McMenamin, M Donnelly for Cassidy

UUJ -- C Boyce; G McCartan, B Donaghy, R Pickering; C McGinley, D Morgan, D McGuckin; C Young, C Murney; S Harkin, E McGuckin, P Hughes; C McManus, C O'Boyle, M Donnelly. Subs: D McNulty for Harkin, J O'Neill for McManus, N Donnelly for Murney

Ref -- C Reynolds (Down).

Irish Independent

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