Super 8’s: Donnelly stars as Tyrone beat Cork 2-15 to 1-12

Tyrone 2-15 Cork 1-12

Tyrone recorded their second win in the Super 8’s with a win over Cork at Croke Park on Saturday evening. Mickey Harte obviously gave his side a stern dressing down at half time as they came out in the second half and played a lot better.

Cork grabbed a goal inside the first 15 seconds through Luke Connolly. A long delivery from wing-back Mattie Taylor was gathered by Brian Hurley who in turn found Luke Connolly who finished low into the corner past Niall Morgan. Tyrone gradually came into the game with Peter Harte and Cathal McShane raising white flags. Cork dominated possession in the first period but they found a way past the gritty Tyrone defence. The impressive Taylor scored a sublime point as did Mark Collins from a free. They would get another goal midway through the half. James Loughrey was the man to come up with the goal, he took a pass from Ruairi Deane before finishing to the net with an unstoppable shot. Conor Meyler and Peter Harte pointed, but it was Ronan McCarthy’s men that led at the break 2-04 to 0-05.

Mickey Harte made three substitutions at half time, bringing in Cassidy, Hampsey and Richard Donnelly. They did make a difference. Peter Harte and Mattie Donnelly in the attack were beginning to take a hand on proceedings, with Mattie Donnelly now operating in the full-forward line alongside Cathal McShane. The Red Hands got a 43rd minute which brought them back into the game. Donnelly and McKernan combining before letting the ball across the square to the unmarked McShane who finished to the net. They went ahead on 46 minutes with another goal, this time from a Peter Harte penalty. The Errigal Ciaran man gave Mark White no chance in the goal, the penalty came after Niall Sludden was fouled by Taylor. Luke Connolly and Michael Hurley (2) had Cork on level terms on 59 minutes. However, Tyrone kicked on with Donnelly getting space and firing over to edge the Red Hand back into the lead. Connolly, Hurley and John O’Rourke all pointed scores, but Tiernan McCann, a man of the match Donnelly and McShane topped off the scoring to give Tyrone a 6 point win.

Tyrone: N Morgan; HP McGeary, R McNamee, R Brennan; M McKernan, K McGeary, F Burns; C Cavanagh, B Kennedy; M Donnelly (0-03), N Sludden, P Harte (0-05, 3f); D McCurry, C McShane (1-05, 0-4f), C Meyler (0-01).

Subs: P Hampsey for Kennedy, (h-t), R Donnelly for McCurry (h-t), M Cassidy for HP McGeary (h-t), T McCann (0-01) for McKernan (51), C McAliskey for Sludden (55)

Cork: M White; S Cronon, T Clancy, K Flahive; L O’Donovan, T Clancy, M Taylor (0-01); I Maguire, K O’Hanlon; K O’Driscoll, S White (0-01), R Deane; M Collins (0-02, 2f), B Hurley, L Connolly (1-03, 0-2f).

Subs: J Loughrey (1-00) for Clancy (11), P Kerrigan for Hurley (48), M Hurley (0-04) for Collins (51), S Powter for White (58), J O’Rourke (0-01) for O’Driscoll (58), S Sherlock for Cronin (66)



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