Wednesday 22 November 2017

Moane hails 'massive effort' as Gorman leads Tyrone into final

Tyrone 1-16 Sligo 0-11

Tyrone players, including Caoileann Conway (far left), celebrate at the final whistle. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone players, including Caoileann Conway (far left), celebrate at the final whistle. Photo: Sportsfile

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Tyrone manager Gerry Moane hailed a "massive effort" from his charges as they booked a final clash with Tipperary.

The Red Hands were too good for Sligo at Kingspan Breffni Park, as Niamh O'Neill led the way with a 1-4 haul.

Sligo's Ciara Gorman keeps possession from Tyrone's Caoileann Conway. Photo: Sportsfile
Sligo's Ciara Gorman keeps possession from Tyrone's Caoileann Conway. Photo: Sportsfile

Despite five points from Ciara Gorman, Sligo fell to a second successive semi-final defeat, and Moane reflected: "It was a massive effort against a very physical and very good team."

Sligo will rue a tally of 14 wides, but Tyrone wasted a glut of goal chances before they broke through with the last play of the first half as Gemma Begley picked out O'Neill for a palmed finish.

That score put Tyrone 1-7 to 0-7 ahead at the break, having played against a significant breeze, and they kicked on from there, with Gráinne Rafferty landing three classy points from play in the second half.

Scorers

Tyrone's Méabh Mallon keeps Sligo's Etna Flanagan at bay. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone's Méabh Mallon keeps Sligo's Etna Flanagan at bay. Photo: Sportsfile

Tyrone: N O'Neill 1-4 (0-1f), G Begley (2fs), G Rafferty 0-3 each, N Woods, M Mallon, N Hughes, M Canavan (f), E Hegarty, L Quinn 0-1 each. Sligo: C Gorman 0-5 (1f), S O'Reilly 0-2, E O'Reilly, LA Laffey, L Casey, N Brennan 0-1 each.

Tyrone: S Lynch; E Brennan, J Barrett, C Conway; N Woods, EL Mulgrew, C Hunter; M Mallon, EJ Gervin; N Hughes, M Canavan, E Smyth; N O'Neill, G Begley, G Rafferty.

Subs: L Quinn for Canavan (h-t), E Hegarty for Smyth (44), S Quinn Cunningham for Barrett (54), N McGirr for Hughes (57), R McCrory for Rafferty (59).

Sligo: N Gormley; E Flanagan, E O'Loughlin, J Mulligan; L Boles, E Codd, R Goodwin; B Byrne, S Reynolds; Á Gormley, S O'Reilly, LA Laffey; C Gorman, E O'Reilly, D McGrath.

Tyrone players, including Shannon Quinn Cunningham, centre left, and Aine Canavan, centre right, celebrate. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone players, including Shannon Quinn Cunningham, centre left, and Aine Canavan, centre right, celebrate. Photo: Sportsfile

Subs: S McTiernan for E O'Reilly (h-t), K Walsh for Laffey (42), N Brennan for McGrath (48), L Casey for Á Gormley (52), M McNamara for Flanagan (55).

Ref - B Rice (Down)

Tyrone players celebrate. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone players celebrate. Photo: Sportsfile

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