Wednesday 17 January 2018

Damien Casey's 13-points carry Tyrone over the line

Tyrone 1-27 Sligo 2-21 (After extra-time)

Damien Casey, Tyrone
Damien Casey, Tyrone

Tyrone left it late to claim an opening win in the competition at O'Neill Park in Dungannon.

Sligo threatened a shock as they took the NHL Division 3B champions to extra-time, but Damien Casey's 13-point haul carried the home side over the line and into the semi-finals.

Tyrone's Matthew Mulgrew hit the net after two minutes. But Sligo recovered for Keith Raymond and Gary Waldron to hit a string of points.

Tyrone led by 1-12 to 0-9 at half-time, but Sligo midfielder Neil Hyland drilled a 20-metre free to the net 12 minutes into the second half and Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch hit his side's second goal in the 49th minute.

Tyrone needed a Casey leveller to send the tie to extra-time, 1-20 to 2-17. And it was Casey and substitute Duibhir Marshall who scored the late points that sealed it for Tyrone.

Scorers – Tyrone: D Casey 0-13 (11f), M Mulgrew 1-2, T Morgan 0-3, D Marshall, G Gilmore, C Grogan, A Kelly 0-2 each, S Og Grogan 0-1. Sligo: N Hyland 1-1 (1-0f), G O'Kelly-Lynch 1-0, G Cadden 0-8 (5f), K Raymond 0-6 (3f, 1 s/l), G Waldron 0-4, B Kenny, K Gilmartin ('65) 0-1 each.

Tyrone – J Devlin; C McNally, R Devlin, M O'Gorman; M Grogan, S Donnelly, A Kelly; M Devlin, G Fox; C Grogan, T Morgan, C Cross; M Mulgrew, D Casey, G Gilmore. Subs: S Og Grogan for Cross, R O'Neill for Fox, D Marshall for Gilmore.

Sligo – S Hayes; N McDermott, J Kenny, T Brennan; E McGowan, L Reidy, C Brennan; N Hyland, B Kenny; G Cadden, K Gilmartin, K Raymond; G Waldron, D O'Connor, G O'Kelly-Lynch. Sub: J Durkin for McGowan

Ref – C Cunning (Antrim).

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