O’Neill spoils Canavan’s homecoming party

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Power NI Dr McKenna Cup – quarter final – Tyrone 0-13 Fermanagh 1-7

There was to be no happy return for Peter Canavan at Healy Park in Omagh last night when the Tyrone legend came’ head to head’ with his beloved home county. Peter Canavan returned to his old Healy Park stomping ground to take on Tyrone last night, but came away empty handed as

Fermanagh were outplayed in the first half when Tyrone led 0-10 to 0-1 .

The Red Hands though faced tougher opposition in the 2nd period when a rejuvenated Fermanagh came back into the game played before an estimated 7,000 many of whom had come to welcome Canavan ‘home’.

Despite last night’s loss, these teams will meet again at Armagh on Sunday in the semi-final as the Ernesiders came second in their group and secured their place in the semi-final . It was Tyrone’s third win on the trot and a deserved one at that despite Fermanagh’s superb late comeback.

It had taken Tyrone some eight minutes to get off the mark themselves – a point from Stephen O’Neill who was to be a thorn in the flesh of the Erne men throughout the game – thereafter in that opening half they scored at will.

A feature of that first half was that all of Tyrone’s first seven points came from play – Mick Murphy and Peter Hughes being also on target as well as O’Neill. Fermanagh’s only score in that opening period was a point from a free by Daniel Kille.
Peter Hughes and Tommy McGuigan added to the home side’s tally, and they took a commanding 0-10 to 0-1 lead into the interval.

O’Neill though was outstanding, even at this early stage of the season and he more than anyone stood out for Tyrone.

For Fermanagh, the second period was a triumph for the Quigley family with points being added by both Seamus and Conor whilst youngest of the brothers, Sean was not to be denied and scored a fine goal midway through the half.

As the minutes ticked by Seamus Quigley , with his fifth point, brought Fermanagh within two points and Tyrone fans were noticeably becoming anxious.

Tyrone though held on aided by the fact that Ryan McCluskey was sent off after a second yellow card (68) minutes.

Canavan will no doubt have been pleased by that second half comeback and it could be a classic semi-final on Sunday on neutral ground in Armagh. We have not heard the last of Canavan yet.

Scorers — Tyrone: Stephen O’Neill 0-5 (2f), C Cavanagh, M Murphy, P Harte (1 ’45) 0-2 each, M Donnelly, T McGuigan (1f) 0-1 each. Fermanagh: Seamus Quigley 0-5 (4f), Sean Quigley 1-0, C Quigley, D Kille (f) 0-1 each.


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