TYRONE TOPS AGAIN

25 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Tyrone 0-16

Monaghan 0-10

By COLM SHALVEY

Tyrone retained the Shamrock Cup with an impressive second-half performance in the final against Monaghan, which was played in difficult conditions at Cremartin last Sunday.

After an evenly-matched opening 20 minutes, Monaghan eventually put the wind advantage to good use by kicking six unanswered points before half-time, but Tyrone dominated the second half, with their accurate finishing seeing them hit 11 of the game’s last 12 scores to win this tournament for the third consecutive time.

Tyrone star Lee Brennan was held to just a point from play, but his fellow senior panellist Cathal McShane led the way for Feargal Logan’s side, along with the likes of David Mulgrew and Mark Kavanagh. Conor McCarthy, Kevin Loughran and Barry McGinn were best for a much-changed Monaghan team.

Tyrone started well against the elements, as Lee Brennan curled over a free from out on the right and them doubled his account from a 20-metre free after an off-the-ball foul on Seán E Fox. Conor McCarthy linked up with Barry McGinn to get Monaghan off the mark on seven minutes and Dessie Ward then saw a long-range attempt hit an upright, before a foul on Dáire Gallagher allowed Tyrone midfielder Cathal McShane to tap over a 13-metre free. A left-footed point by McGinn kept Monaghan in touch and although Brennan again found his range with a free from the right wing, McGinn responded in kind via a 40-metre effort after good pressure by Monaghan forwards had forced a Tyrone defender to over-carry.

Monaghan suddenly sprung to life, as McCarthy swung over a stylish outside-of-the-boot score, before Kevin Loughran started a counter-attack that ended with the Scotstown forward playing a one-two with Ryan McAnespie and fisting his third point. Another swift break led by Adam Treanor and Ward released McGinn for a fine point and McCarthy then landed another good score at the end of a well-worked move involving Loughran, McAnespie and McGinn. A well-taken point by Treanor, who had been set up by David McAlister, made it six in a row for Monaghan, who went in at half-time leading by 0-8 to 0-4.

Tyrone wasted little time in putting the wind at their backs to good use after the restart, with McShane booting over from distance for the first of his three left-footed points from play. Monaghan did respond when…

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