Friday 23 March 2018

McShane drives Tyrone

Tyrone 2-10 Cavan 0-10

Donal Monahan, Cavan, in action against Mark Kavanagh, Tyrone (SPORTSFILE)
Donal Monahan, Cavan, in action against Mark Kavanagh, Tyrone (SPORTSFILE)
Cathal McShane, Tyrone, in action against Kian Monahan and Benjamin Kelly, Cavan (SPORTSFILE)
Sean Fox, Tyrone, in action against Mark Magee, Cavan (SPORTSFILE)
Donal Monahan, Cavan, in action against Mark Kavanagh, Tyrone (SPORTSFILE)

Two clinically-executed goals gave reigning All-Ireland champions Tyrone the edge at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

The Red Hands were far more efficient in the last third of the field, with Cavan posting 16 wides to their opponents' eight.

Two long-range frees from keeper Liam Brady eased Cavan into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead before Cathal McShane led a fightback as the visitors took a 0-6 to 0-5 advantage into the break.

Galloping half-back Colm Byrne goaled in the 48th minute after Frank Burns steamed through the heart of the Cavan defence, and Ben McDonnell's late strike sealed the result.

Scorers - Tyrone: C McShane 0-5 (1f), C Byrne, B McDonnell 1-0 each; L Brennan 0-2 (1f, 1 '45'), M Kavanagh, R Coleman, P McGirr 0-1 each. Cavan: L Brady 0-3fs, L Galligan, T Hayes (1f) 0-2 each, P Smith, N Clerkin, M Magee 0-1 each.

Tyrone - S Fox; C McCann, P Teague, S Hamill; C Byrne, S Loughran, P McGirr; C McShane, B McDonnell; M Kavanagh, F Burns, M O'Neill; L Brennan, R Loughran, S Fox. Subs: D Gallagher for P McGirr (25); for R Coleman for R Loughman (38); D Lowe for S Fox (52); E Murray for C Byrne (56); R McGlone for M O'Neill (59); S O'Donnell for F Burns (BC, 59).

Cavan - L Brady; M Magee, B O'Connell, B Fortune; C Bradley, B Kelly, N Clerkin; K Monaghan, M McKenna; P Corrigan, L Galligan, P Smith; D Brady, T Hayes, C Daly. Subs; D Monaghan for B Kelly (h-t); O Carolan for P Corrigan (35); B Magee for C Monaghan (42); D Wilson for C Bradley (47); J Doyle for L Galligan (49); T Galligan for P Smith (54).

Ref - P Faloon (Down).

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