Tyrone Vs Meath

Tyrone continued their perfect run in Division 2 football on Saturday night with another highly convincing 10 point win over Meath in Omagh. Tyrone and Meath both met each other in the final league game of last year in Navan and this physical encounter ended in a draw. However it was clear after Saturday night’s game that Tyrone had made much more progress during the past 12 months than their counterparts.

After last week’s promotion win against Galway, Mickey Harte had the opportunity to experiment with some players and positional changes in the team with Ryan Mc Menamin and Conor Gormley both starting for the first time in 2012, Sean Cavanagh assumed a half forward position, Niall Mc Kenna moved forward to full forward (on paper anyway) and Aidan Cassidy and Colm Cavanagh returned to midfield.

A classy Stevie O’Neill fisted goal in the fifth minute set Tyrone off to a good start and further point from Stevie, Kyle Coney and Sean Cavanagh gave the Red Hands a 1-06 to 0-03 lead at half time. It was similar in the second half again as scores from Kyle Coney, Cathal Mc Carron, Peter Harte helped Tyrone to a 1-12 to 0-05 over Seamus Mc Enaney’s 14 men.

Tyrone now have one league group game left now with a home tie against Monaghan coming up on Easter Sunday again in Omagh. Hopefully them can win this one and continue their outstanding 100% winning record in 2012!

Tyrone: J Devine, A McCrory, Justin McMahon, C Gormley, C McCarron , P Harte, R McMenamin, A Cassidy, C Cavanagh, R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, S Cavanagh, K Coney, N McKenna, S O’Neill.

A general view of Healy Park, Omagh (the home of Tyrone GAA) before the game and as the sun sets.

 

My best photo from the night came in the fifth minute of the game as Stephen O'Neill magnificently fisted the ball past David Gallagher for Tyrone's only goal.

 

Peter Harte squeezes the ball past two Meath players.

 

Donaghmore's Niall Mc Kenna charges up the field for Tyrone.

 

A long ball escapes Stephen O'Neill's fingertips.

 

Kyle Coney gets into a tight situation with the Meath defence.

 

Stephen O'Neill gets in a high tackle around the Meath goalkeeper, David Gallagher.

 

Niall Mc Kenna is grounded by his Meath marker...

 

... and seconds later is completely surrounded by another four Meath players!

 

Aidan Cassidy leaps into the air to collect the ball.

 

Justin Mc Mahon creates very little space for Michael Burke.

 

Justin Mc Mahon chases Meath's Stephen Bray.

 

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