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Tyrone give students harsh lesson in McKenna Cup

Tyrone 1-12 - St Mary's 0-03

By Kevin Kelly

Holders Tyrone made it two wins out of two with minimal fuss as they proved too strong for St Mary's Belfast in the Bank of Ireland McKenna Cup at Healy Park yesterday afternoon.

The Red Hands led 0-5 to 0-2 at the end of a poor opening half. Despite playing against the wind the home side dominated proceedings but eight first-half wides kept the Students in contention.

Patrick Quinn opened the scoring with a superb effort from an acute angle and by the fifth minute Tyrone were three points to the good thanks to a brace from full forward Connor McAliskey.

St Mary's keeper James Deeney then made a great save to deny McAliskey a goal before the visitors opened their account after 14 minutes via a Barry O'Hagan free. Colm Cavanagh then landed a terrific score from distance before McAliskey collected a quickly taken free from Peter Harte to turn sharply and split the posts.

Midfielder Emmett Bradley reduced the deficit for St Mary's but in first half injury-time they were reduced to 14 men when James Morgan was black carded having earlier picked up a yellow one.

St Mary's kicked a couple of efforts wide in the opening moments of the second half before they had a great chance to level when they were awarded a penalty but Jerome Johnston saw his effort saved by keeper Mickey O'Neill, who had given away the spot-kick in the first place.

Within 30 seconds of that save, Tyrone had taken a grip on proceedings as Quinn rose highest to palm a McShane delivery to the back of the net. Ryan Johnston replied with a point for St Mary's but that score proved to be their last.

The home side, though, were grateful to keeper O'Neill for rushing off his line to thwart Emmett Bradley. Three points in as many minutes ended the game as a contest with substitutes Peter Hughes and Sean Cavanagh on target either side of Harte.

Rory Brennan then marked his first start at senior level with a splendid point from distance before frees from Kyle Coney and Sean Cavanagh, coupled with an effort from play from Cathal McShane, brought to an end a very comfortable afternoon for the Red Hands.

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