A BLISTERING period of control just before the final quarter saw Tyrone record an important first victory in the All-Ireland Quarter Final Super Eights by defeating Roscommon.
The 0-17 to 0-13 final scoreline accurately reflects the course of the tie at Dr Hyde Park. For, the Red Hands led throughout and looked comfortable in the closing stages especially.
Niall Morgan’s great save in the first half from an Enda Smith shot and the accuracy of Cathal McShane at full-forward were among the big talking points of the clash.
It was always going to be closer than the one-sided meeting between them at the same stage in 2018, but the reality was that Tyrone looked for long periods like they were always going to emerge as winners.
Good play from Ronan McNamee and Frank Burns in the defence, Colm Cavanagh in the sweeper role and Niall Sludden and Matthew Donnelly up front provided them with the edge. Early scores from Frank Burns and Brian Kennedy put them ahead, as Niall Sludden and Cathal McShane also hit the target to help them into a 0-8 to 0-6 lead at half-time.
Roscommon reduced the deficit to the minimum margin on the resumption, 0-8 to 0-7. However, that was as good as it got for the Rossies as Tyrone upped the tempo subsequently.
The critical period was between the ninth and 20th minutes of that second half. Darren McCurry, Matthew Donnelly and Peter Harte all fired over points to leave them in control on a score of 0-15 to 0-10. Peter Harte also rammed a shot off the crossbar, as they threatened to overrun the Rossies.
From then on, there was only going to be one winner. While Roscommon did enjoy a few productive attacks before the finish, Tyrone kept them at arm’s length and ensured a deserved 0-17 to 0-13 win.