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Premiers ‘Star’ in first match

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Premiers ‘Star’ in first match thumbnailTyrone’s Andrew Scott in action against Beijing Morning Star. PA3050MD

Tyrone Premier 3
Beijing Morning Star United 1

TYRONE Premier got the proverbial ball rolling on their 2017 SuperCupNI campaign in the sunshine of Ballymena Showgrounds with a commanding 3-1 win over Beijing Morning Star United on Monday evening.
Tyrone got off to a perfect start in an action-packed opening 10 minutes. After just five minutes, Andrew Scott steered a header into the bottom corner a deep cross from Sean Graham.
Beijing almost responded immediately when their attacker burst into the box but hit the post. Tyrone were living dangerously, as a Beijing corner rolled all the way across goal moments later and somehow managed to stay out due a Jamie Burke intervention. At the other end, Tyrone were wondering how they didn't net a second when a perfect corner from Scott found Aidan Bishop who headed away from goal when just a couple of yards out.
The game settled only momentarily and the crowd were able to gather their breath after that blistering opening quarter. Skipper Niall McGinley was displaying some magical touches in midfield and he had a chance to double Tyrone's lead from the penalty spot when Fergal McGarrity was tripped by the Beijing captain He Xi. McGinley though dragged his spot kick wide of the left post.
Manchester City trainee Scott was showing his real, and he connected superbly with a free kick from distance that cracked off the cross-bar. He and Burke had two more close efforts, but the game, somehow, remained 1-0 after 20 minutes. the Beijing keeper then had to be at full stretch when a brilliant swerving Scott effort looked goal-bound.
Morning Star were then given a chance to level the game when they awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, and Xi blasted it low under the wall and past keeper Adam Pollock into the far corner of the net on the half hour mark. Tyrone survived another scare in their defence before referee Mark Dillon whistled for half-time.
Substitute Thomas Mullan had the first major chance of the second half when he connected with a long ball from McGinley, but the ball blazed over the bar. A Graham delivery from a free kick caused trouble in the Beijing box, and Mullan and then Torigh Nicolas almost forced the ball in before it was cleared by the Morning Star defence.
Dungannon Swifts player Mullan then rose highest to glance a head just wide from a Scott corner, as the game approached the hour mark.
With Tyrone on top at this stage,Tyler Anderson then produced a moment of magic to put David Harvey's charges 2-1 up when he cut in to bend a tremedous shot into the far corner from the edge of the box. McGinley got a free kick up and

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