Second straight defeat for Tyrone as Dubs turn on the style

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Second straight defeat for Tyrone as Dubs turn on the style thumbnailTyrone's Mattie Donnelly fends off Dublin's Paul Mannion.

TYRONE slumped to a second straight NFL defeat and need to turn the corner if they are not to be dragged into a relegation dogfight.


The Dubs turned on the style in the second half at Healy Park, dominating the latter stages despite being reduced to 14 men.

Cathal McShane's first half goal gave the home side a platform, and it looked as if they were set to emerge with a positive result, but Dublin do what Dublin do best, and they applied intensity and pressure to make it two wins from two outings.

Goal-scorer Cathal McShane was disappointed that the Red Hands failed to see the game out after putting in an impressive first half display.

"We wanted to get off to a good start. We did that, winning the throw-in was a big thing and we scored straight away. We got an early goal as well and that helped, but Dublin always seem to come back," he said.

"They did that last week too. I think Dublin did that last week too, Kildare were a few points up. It was a bit of unlucky from our side of things.

"I thought we worked hard, we got ourselves set for it and everyone worked hard for the team out there.

We got the early goal and if we'd been more clinical up front we could've got more from the game. It's done and dusted now, we have to roll said a mighty effort will be needed at Newbridge on Sunday as the Red Hands go in search of a much-needed win.

He added: "There was an awkward breeze out there, I don't think you notice until you're out shooting in it.

In the second half our shots seemed to catch the wind and tail wind. The pitch was wet and slippy, not as bad as it was in Tuam, but it didn't help. It was the same for both teams and we were a bit unlucky not to take our chances.

"Dublin have a lot of experience in there. I think we can walk away with our heads high as we did match them for most of the game. If we took our chances it could've been different.

Tonight we can be proud of the performance we put on." But the Owen Roes man is confident the players can produce a big performance against Kildare in Newbridge this weekend.

"We'll roll our sleeves up and work hard in training and give it our all," he said.

McShane rejected suggestions that the players were affected by the criticism that followed the defeat to Galway at Tuam.

"I don't think it played on our minds. The conditions were very tough last week, there was a tough wind. It didn't suit us. You just have to black that out, we have a strong belief in the team and that's always the case.

We knew what we're capable and it's just a matter of working on it and we know good things can come." Mickey Harte's men were in a strong position as they carried a 1-7 to 1-5 advantage into the second half but the All-Ireland champions reeled off the next five points through Dean Rock, James McCarthy, Brian Fenton, Kevin McManamon and Man of the Match Ciaran Kilkenny to take complete control.

They'd had Niall Scully sent off, with 21 minutes to play, in between Fenton and McManamon's points but didn't even break stride in front of 9,465 spectators. Jim Gavin's men recorded no second-half wides; Tyrone hit seven.

Cathal McShane's 1-1 inside the opening five minutes gave the Ulster champions a dream start but Kilkenny's goal after a long Fenton delivery in the 23rd minute got the winners right back into contention.

The game was over as a meaningful contest long before substitute Eoghan O'Gara tapped in the Dubs' second goal.

Lee Brennan caught the eye for the hosts but they had no answer when the All-Ireland champions moved up a gear with that all-too-familiar third-quarter surge.

Dublin scorers: Ciaran Kilkenny 1-2, Eoghan O'Gara 1-0, Dean Rock 0-4 (4 frees), Colm Basquel 0-3 (1 free), Kevin McManamon 0-2, Brian Fenton, James McCarthy 0-1 each.

Tyrone scorers: Cathal McShane 1-1, Lee Brennan 0-6 (3 frees), Connor McAliskey, Niall Sludden 0-2 each.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Darren Daly; Jonny Cooper, James McCarthy, John Small; Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley; Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Kevin McManamon.

Subs: David Byrne for Small, Paddy Andrews for McManamon, Colm Basquel for Mannion, Eoghan O'Gara (1-0) for Rock, Shane Carthy for McCarthy, Eric Lowndes for Fenton.

Tyrone: Niall Morgan; Ciaran McLaughlin, Cathal McCarron, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiernan McCann, Padraig Hampsey, Peter Harte; Mattie Donnelly, Declan McClure; Richie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Aidan McCrory; Lee Brennan, Cathal McShane, Connor McAliskey.

Subs: Michael McKernan for McGeary, Ronan McNamee for McCrory, Conall McCann for McClure, Frank Burns for R Donnelly, Ronan McNabb for McLaughlin, Mark Bradley for T McCann

Ref: Maurice Deegan (Laois)


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