Tyrone 0-17 Roscommon 0-13
Tyrone got their Super 8’s off to a superb start with a 0-17 to 0-13 win in an enthralling contest at Dr Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was a big game for both sides. However, Tyrone through Cathal McShane at full forward who was superb and the excellent Mattie Donnelly who tormented the Roscommon defence with his running game were worthy of the win. Ronan McNamee kept Conor Cox quite as well who now look forward to a meeting with Cork at Croke Park next weekend.
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Tyrone came into the game on the back of three wins in the qualifiers over Longford, Cavan, and Kildare, while Roscommon came into the game as Connacht Champions but having failed to play a game in 5 weeks. That was clear to see in the first couple of minutes as it took Roscommon a couple of minutes to settle down. Brian Kennedy and Frank Burns kicked points, Roscommon had a few attacks but they ended up been turned over rather easily. It was Niall Daly that opened the scoring for Anthony Cunningham’s men. Shane Killoran hit the post then for Roscommon, only for Tyrone to go up the other end in the same move to win a free which McShane converted. McShane then had a chance but his fisted effort for a point hit the post. However, he gathered the rebound and won a free which he converted. Tyrone now two points clear. Conor Cox and Enda Smith kicked scores to keep Roscommon in touch. Niall Sludden was Tyrone’s best player in the opening period kicking three points from play. It was 0-08 to 0-06 at half time and Roscommon were in the game without playing that well.
Diarmuid Murtagh got the first score of the second half with a massive score. However, Tyrone notched a reply within minutes. It was 0-11 to 0-10 when Shane Killoran pointed on 46 minutes but Tyrone took control from here and seen the game out. Mattie Donnelly was super he scored two points as well as assisting two points. Peter Harte and Cathal McShane were also superb when Tyrone needed leaders. Roscommon to their credit never gave up but it was Tyrone who ran out winners and a win next week would set them up nicely for a shot at Dublin in the final round of the Super 8’s.
Tyrone: Niall Morgan; Hugh Pat McGeary, Ronan McNamee, Rory Brennan; Michael Cassidy, Frank Burns (0-01), Michael McKernan; Colm Cavanagh, Brian Kennedy (0-01); Matthew Donnelly (0-02), Peter Harte (0-01), Conor Meyler; Niall Sludden (0-03), Cathal McShane (0-08, 0-05 frees), Darren McCurry (0-01).
Subs: Ben McDonnell for Kennedy (28), Kieran McGeary for HP McGeary (30), Richie Donnelly for McDonnell (51), Padraig Hampsey for Cassidy (51), Connor McAliskey for Sludden (63), Aidan McCrory for Meyler (70+2)
Roscommon: Darren O’Malley (0-01, free); David Murray, Seán Mullooly, Conor Daly; Niall Daly (0-01), Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran (0-01); Hubert Darcy, Cathal Cregg (0-01), Niall Kilroy; Diarmuid Murtagh (0-04, 0-03, frees), Conor Cox (0-02, 0-01 free), Enda Smith (0-01).
Subs: Brian Stack (0-01) for Darcy (25), Colin Compton for Hussey (49), Donie Smith for Cregg (51), Fintan Cregg for Killoran (63), Andrew Glennon (0-01) for Cox (64).
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)