DERRY 0-11 TYRONE 0-20
THE hardcore Tyrone supporters who ventured into the Bogside for this rearranged pre-Christmas McKenna Cup tie were provided with some Yuletide cheer as the visitors cantered to a facile victory.
Despite an early free from effective inside targetman David Mulgrew, it was the Oak Leafers who eased in front courtesy of well-crafted scores by Enda Lynn and Ryan Bell.
After a pedestrian opening, the action belatedly began to open up as McCurry (free) and Morgan (’45’) registered, the latter after Mulgrew’s fierce drive had been deflected behind.
Midway through the half Gareth McKinless levelled matters up at three points apiece with a converted free for the hosts, yet when Ben McDonnell soccer style whipped the ball over the bar from close range, having been teed up by Kennedy, Tyrone had a lead that they were never to relinquish.
Morgan (free) and the lively Mulgrew, with a sweet turn and skilful conversion from Coney’s perceptive delivery, doubled the Red Hand advantage as they began to assert their class.
McCurry demonstrated his predatory instincts with a couple of top notch efforts, while Ruairi Sludden also converted a free.
Yet wonderful efforts hoisted over by Eamon McGill, Ryan Bell and Ciaran McFaul meant Derry looked to be very much in the hunt, trailing at the half 0-9 to 0-7.
Derry captain Emmett Bradley traded points with McCurry on the restart, but any hopes of a potential upset quickly dissipated as the away side turned the screw.
Tyrone rattled off seven points on the bounce, with Cathal McShane, Niall Sludden (twice) Conan Grugan and Kyle Coney among the scorers, as the match drifted towards its inevitable conclusion.
Derry kept chipping away as Bradley and sub Ben McCarron slotted over points, but with Errigal duo McDonnell and Darragh Canavan splitting the posts, and Ronan O’Neill and McShane tagging on frees, Tyrone finished with something of a flourish.