NFL Division Two: Tyrone grab chance to go second
Tyrone 0-13 Kildare 0-5: Tyrone turned on the style at O’Neill Park Dungannon yesterday to coast to an eight-point win over Kildare for a result that sees them leapfrog their opponents into joint second place in the table.
Kildare arrived with high hopes of taking a major step towards a league final, but apart from a brief spell midway through the first half when they reduced the deficit to the minimum, they were forced to play second fiddle to an impressive Tyrone side who chalked up their fourth successive win.
It was a professional display from the Red Hands who were further boosted by the return from injury of captain Brian Dooher as well as All Star half back Philip Jordan who both entered the action in the final quarter.
It means that they now travel to Navan to play Meath next Sunday well in the frame for a place in the league final, something that didn’t look likely after losing their opening two games.
With the wind at their backs Tyrone raced into a three-point lead with Martin Penrose converting two frees either side of a sublime effort from play by the superb Brian McGuigan.
Doyle finally opened Kildare’s account after 15 minutes before a brilliant point from distance from Colm Cavanagh restored Tyrone’s three-point advantage.
Two points inside a minute from Ronan Sweeney and Doyle again narrowed the gap to 0-4 to 0-3, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Kildare then went without scoring for an alarming 48 minutes either side of the break during which time Tyrone seized complete control. Three points from Penrose coupled with scores from McGuigan and midfielder Kevin Hughes saw Tyrone turn round 0-9 to 0-3 in front.
The expected Kildare fightback never materialised as they struggled to make any impact against a Tyrone defence where Joe McMahon and Conor Gormley were outstanding.
Sean Cavanagh’s forceful running was causing the Kildare defence all sorts of problems and with McGuigan pulling the strings Mark Donnelly flourished.
The Carrickmore attacker hit three fine points from play with Owen Mulligan unlucky not to put the icing on the cake when he shot narrowly wide off the goal after a flowing move. Kildare were resorting to punting long, hopeful balls forward and that was food and drink for McMahon and co.
Doyle finally opened their second half account from a 13m free and moments later the same player repeated the dose with another straightforward conversion but it was a day to forget for the Kildare players, management and supporters as they were well beaten long before the final whistle.
Tyrone: P McConnell, M Swift, J McMahon, D McCaul, D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin, K Hughes [0-1], A Cassidy, C Cavanagh [0-1], B McGuigan [0-2], S Cavanagh [0-1, 1f], M Penrose [0-5, 4f], M Donnelly [0-3], O Mulligan. Subs – P Jordan for McCaul, S O’Neill for McMenamin, B Dooher for C Cavanagh
Kildare: S Connolly, H McGrillen, M Foley, A McLaughlin, G White, M O’Flaherty, E Bolton, H Lynch, J Kavanagh, R Sweeney [0-1], E O’Flaherty, F Dowling, J Doyle [0-4, 3f], D Flynn, R Kelly. Subs – P O’Neill for Dowling, O Lyons for McLaughlin, B Flanagan for Kavanagh, E Callaghan for Flynn, M O’Sullivan for O’Flaherty
Referee: D Coldrick, Meath