Friday 25 May 2018

O'Neill strike kicks Tyrone into top gear

Tyrone 3-17 Queen's University 0-11

Tyrone achieved an impressive victory Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone achieved an impressive victory Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tyrone's search for a fifth successive Dr McKenna Cup title began in emphatic fashion at Healy Park, where they recovered from a shaky start to hand out a heavy beating to Queen's.

Goals from Ronan O'Neill, Johnny Munroe and Connor McAliskey sealed the fate of James McCartan's side.

The students started brightly, and led by four points early on. But the home side were soon in total control, and hit 1-5 in a 10-minute spell.

O'Neill finished from close range in the 25th minute, and they led by 1-10 to 0-6 at half-time. The game was effectively ended by Tyrone's second goal, fired in through a cluster of bodies by substitute Munroe on 48 minutes.

It was Peter Harte who later provided the pass for McAliskey to rifle home a stoppage-time third goal.

SCORERS - Tyrone: R O'Neill 1-5 (3f), L Brennan 0-7 (6f), J Munroe, C McAliskey 1-0 each, P Harte 0-2, HP McGeary, J McMahon, N Morgan ('45) 0-1 each. QUB: R Murray 0-4 (3f), M Clarke (2f), M Monan 0-2 each, G McCabe, B Rogers, C Martin 0-1 each

Tyrone - N Morgan; A McCrory, P Hampsey, HP McGeary; B Tierney, C Clarke, K McGeary; H Og Conlan, R Donnelly; C McShane, P Harte, N Sludden; M Bradley, R O'Neill, L Brennan. Subs: J Munroe for Tierney, P McNulty for Sludden, S Cavanagh for Brennan, C McAliskey for McShane, J McMahon for Clarke

Queen's - J Maguire; G McCabe, G McGovern, B Burns; N Delargey, B Rogers, S Heffron; C Cullen, A Doherty; R Corrigan, M Clarke, D McAleese; M Monan, D McKeever, R Murray. Subs: C Lavelle for Doherty, C Martin for McKeever, C Hamill for Corrigan, N Brady for McAleese, S Mullan for Burns, P McKenna for Cullen

Ref - S Laverty (Antrim)

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