12 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Tyrone 1-14

Monaghan 0-11

A sharper, more incisive Tyrone proved too strong in most departments for Monaghan in this tough, hard-hitting and at times niggly contest in Cloghan on Friday evening last, the game switched to the Monaghan venue as Garvaghey was unavailable.

Tyrone’s ability to defend in numbers, break quickly and recycle the ball effectively left them always holding an edge but there was also an almost intimidating undercurrent towards Monaghan players running in this game that kept referee Pat Clarke on his toes throughout. Things did boil over somewhat towards the end of the first half at which stage both sides were reduced to 14 players when the referee, after consulting with his umpires, dismissed Monaghan’s Michael Murnaghan and Tyrone’s Fintan McClure on straight red cards following an incident in the Monaghan goalmouth.

Tyrone led at half-time by 0-9 to 0-4, Mark Kavanagh and Padraig McAnenley accounting for the bulk of those scores. In the second-half Monaghan continued to strive for openings and did put some good moves together but they found scores hard to come by against a massed Tyrone defence and at times too, the final ball in was not of the quality required.

Just three points separated the sides going into the final 10 minutes but a….


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