Tyrone Vs Monaghan

Having already secured promotion to Division 1 football for 2013, Tyrone treated their seventh round game against Monaghan like any other… a win was a must! And win they did on Sunday in Healy Park over a weakened Monaghan side that have been actually fighting their own battle in Division 2, except this was at the relegation end.

It was a grey, overcast day in Omagh with rain falling steadily throughout the whole game – in fact it was nearly a replica of the conditions that  Tyrone last played Monaghan in last May in the Ulster Championship, although the rain just wasn’t as heavy thankfully.

Tyrone dominated throughout the first half again with some quality scores coming from the boot of Kyle Coney, Colm Cavanagh and Owen Mulligan and were unlucky not to be further ahead when a Kyle Coney goal was disallowed (wrongly) for a square ball. There were few Monaghan scores and by half time Tyrone lead 0-10 to 0-03.

The second half didn’t flow as freely for Tyrone however. A grittier Monaghan side came out in the second half and were rewarded with a goal after 20 seconds …. the first goal Tyrone have conceded in this year’s league campaign. Tyrone were further rocked by the loss of Mickey Murphy and Sean Cavanagh with injuries and hence the scores weren’t as forthcoming. Monaghan closed the gap to 3 points at one stage but a late scoring rally from Tyrone with points from Kyle Coney and a Cathal Mc Carron goal late in the game ensured Tyrone’s 100% winning record was safe. Full time; Tyrone 1-16 Monaghan 1-06.

Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn, C McCarron (1-1), P Harte (0-1), R McMenamin, M Murphy, C Cavanagh (0-1), R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, S Cavanagh (0-2), K Coney (0-8, 5 f), S O’Neill, O Mulligan (0-3 3f).

Subs: C Gormley for McMahon, N McKenna for S Cavanagh, A Cassidy for Murphy, P McNeice for O’Neill, D Carlin for Quinn.

As I have said before, this is a very exciting time in Tyrone football – their performances in 2012 have been, on the whole, very convincing sweeping aside all sides by 5 points + and there is a real sense of belief and energy amongst the players and the management team. The stats also tell the same story too:

 – Won 12 out of 12 games in 2012!

– 34 players used in the National League so far.

– 16 different scorers

– Scoring average of 16 points per game, conceding 10 points per game.

Let’s hope this can continue, not only for the Division 2 Final on the 29th April in Croke Park against Kildare….. a repeat for their first round game in February, but for the all important Ulster Championship and All-Ireland campaign.

Below are some action photos and a few from the meet n’ greet session the players had with the supporters after the game.

Sean Cavanagh and Conor Clarke warm up before the game.


Mark Donnelly is stopped in his tracks by the Monaghan defence.


Kyle Coney moves around Dessie Mone.


Mugsy collects a high ball and lays it off to Kyle Coney for a goal but it is disallowed for an apparent square ball.


Tyrone's Mickey Murphy solos the ball away from Darren Hughes.


Owen Mulligan holds on tight to the ball and pulls away from Dessie Mone.


Ardboe's Kyle Coney bypasses Vinny Corey and takes another score.


Stephen O'Neill gets into a tangle on the ground.


Mark Donnelly releases the ball in a rainy Healy Park.


Sean Cavanagh pulls off a shot from a tight angle, made even tighter by Monaghan's Drew Wylie.


Ciaran Hanratty takes off at speed from the wings in the second half and finishes with a goal.


An injured Mickey Murphy is helped up by Ryan Mc Menamin and Michael Harte.


Mark Donnelly halts Ciaran Hanratty's progress.


Kyle Coney pictured with a young Tyrone fan after the game.


Conor Gormley and his son Cahir were all smiles after the win.


A lucky Tyrone fan gets Mickey Harte's autograph.


Ryan Mc Menamin makes a few Tyrone supporters very happy.


The Tyrone Easter bunnies were out in Omagh too! Happy Easter to you all wherever you are reading this!

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