Sunday 17 December 2017

Sharpshooter Damien Casey recues Tyrone from Fingal

Tyrone 1-16 Fingal 1-15

Damien Casey, Tyrone
Damien Casey, Tyrone

INJURY-TIME points from Damian Casey and Conor Grogan proved crucial at St David's, where 14-man Tyrone held the edge over Fingal.

The 54th-minute dismissal of Shea McKiver had seemingly handed the initiative to the hosts, but despite falling behind to a late Paul Graves point, Tyrone rallied to secure a last-gasp triumph.

Fingal had made a bright start to the proceedings, but thanks to Gerard Gilmore's 29th-minute goal, Tyrone found themselves 1-6 to 0-8 in front at the break.

A resolute Fingal opened up a four-point cushion with a terrific O'Connor goal 20 minutes from time, but with Casey contributing a personal tally of 0-11, Tyrone emerged victorious in dramatic fashion.

Man of the Match: Damian Casey

Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 0-11 (6fs, 1 '65'), M Mulgrew 0-3, G Gilmore 1-0, T Morgan, C Grogan 0-1 each. Fingal: JM Sheridan 0-7 (4fs), E O'Connor 1-1, C O'Flynn 0-3, P McAllister, D Smyth, D Butterly, P Graves 0-1 each.

TYRONE - J Devlin 7; C McNally 6, M O'Gorman 7, C Casey 7; P McHugh 6, D Begley 7, T Morgan 7; S McKiver 6, A Kelly 7; C Grogan 7, D Casey 8, C Cross 6; M Mulgrew 8, S Og Grogan 6, G Gilmore 6.

Subs: J Kelly 6 for Og Grogan (30-32, blood sub), Kelly for Og Grogan (54).

FINGAL - C Harford 7; P Coyne 7, I Kennedy 7, B Kelly 6; P Quinn 7, N Ring 6, A Morris 7; P McAllister 7, R McGarry 7; C O'Flynn 8, D Smyth 7, JM Sheridan 8; I Furlong 6, D Butterley 6, E O'Connor 7. Subs: P Graves 7 for Kelly (40), J Smyth 6 for Quinn (50), J Redmond 6 for Furlong (69).

REF - G Quilty (Kilkenny).

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