Tyrone celebrated a straightforward win over Derry at Celtic Park today.
The result was never really in doubt, despite Derry’s short period of dominance in the second half, Tyrone pulled away to win 0-22 to 0-11.
It was hardly a vintage performance from Mickey Harte’s side. While their defence was well organised, they missed quite a lot of chances.
Sean Cavanagh was the top scorer with 0-7, six of those were from placed ball.
Eleven players in all registered scores for the Tyrone men but they should have scored a lot more than 22 points, they registered 12 wides in total.
Tyrone dominated the first half and led by 0-10 to 0-5. Derry were toothless in attack and couldn’t break down the defence.
Tiernan McCann, Rory Brennan and Peter Harte were dedicated in their tackling, while Conall McCann’s pace and exuberance launched plenty of attacks for the Red Hands.
Harte missd two frees early on which caused a small concern.
But at the eother end of the field Sean Cavanagh was his usual livewire self.
In the second half, Derry got as close as 0-11 to 0-8. And could have been closer had their attack taken the right decisions.
There was cause for concern for the Derry fans, saw Chrissy McKaigue holding his face after a schemozzle but the referee didn’t see the incident and no action was taken.
As the game ran out, the Tyrone players lined up to take pot shots at Derry’s posts, while Damian Barton opted to send on his younger players to give them a taste of championship football.
The day wasn’t entirely a great day for Tyrone though, as their minors lost to Derry by a point. 1-14 to 0-18.
Tyrone had been leading 0-9 to 0-6 at half time, but they lost their way in the second half. They gave up too much possession from kickouts and didn’t take their chances.
In the final moments they won a penalty, scored by PT Cunningham but the referee didn’t give them a chance to score the equaliser.