Red Hand make hard work of plucky Leitrim
Tyrone 0-14 Leitrim 1-7, Allianz NHL Division 3A
Tyrone assumed control of the division courtesy of a hard-fought success over a plucky Leitrim at Omagh.
The hosts enjoyed a double-scores half-time lead, but such was their dominance they should have been further ahead against a Leitrim side who failed to score from play in the first half.
Conor Grogan, Mark Winters, Duibhir Marshall and Damien Casey all raised white flags to negate the replies from free-taker Padraig O'Donnell as Tyrone held a 0-6 to 0-3 half-time lead.
Casey also had a 27th-minute penalty cleared off the line.
Leitrim improved considerably on the restart and, after Casey and Shane Kiernan swapped early points, the Shannonsiders took over as they enjoyed their best spell in the game.
A scrambled Liam Moreton goal levelled proceedings on 1-6 to 0-9 before Tyrone regrouped.
Both teams finished a man light following the dismissals of O'Donnell and Jason Kelly on second yellow cards, leaving Gilmore, Mulgrew and three late Casey efforts to settle the clash in Tyrone's favour.
SCORERS – Tyrone: D Casey 0-6 (1 '65', 4fs), D Marshall, C Grogan 0-2 each, M Winters, C McCrudden, G Gilmore, M Mulgrew 0-1 each. Leitrim: P O'Donnell 0-4 (1 '65', 3 fs), L Moreton 1-0, S Kiernan, M Poniard, C Cunniffe 0-1 each.
TYRONE – J Devlin 7; C McNally 7, J Kelly 6, R Devlin 8; C Casey 6, S Donnelly 8, A Kelly 7; C Cross 6, M Winters 6; G Fox 5, C McCrudden 6, C Grogan 7; M Mulgrew 6, D Casey 6, D Marshall 6. Subs: G Gilmore 5 for Fox (44).
LEITRIM – T Glancy 7; P Earley 5, M Domican 6, P McManus 6; K O'Connor 5, M Quinn 5, D Poniard 6; D McGovern 7, S Kiernan 5; M Poniard 6, P O'Donnell 8, J Glancy 6; C Cunniffe 7, P Clancy 6, N McLoughlin 5. Subs: L Moreton (blood 21-25); L Moreton 7 for Quinn (h-t), G McGovern 5 for Clancy (h-t)
Ref – C Cunning (Antrim)