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Sludden's strike gave Tyrone inspiration to push on, says Harte

Carlow 1-10 Tyrone 3-14

By Kevin Kelly

Tyrone justified their favourites tag with a 10 point win over Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday afternoon to take their place in round three of the All Ireland qualifiers.

The home side grabbed a goal in the 16th minute to establish a two point lead but six unanswered points either side of halftime left Tyrone in charge.

When Niall Sludden got the visitors' first goal in the 48th minute it was effectively game over, something that manager Mickey Harte was pleased to acknowledge afterwards.

"We had studied Carlow's recent games and we knew how organised that they are and how difficult they are to break down," said Harte.

"Any side that plays a lot of men behind the ball and do it with a bit of purpose they are hard to break down.

"We weren't happy with conceding the goal and it gave them a degree of oxygen to keep doing what they were doing.

"They were able to play the game on their terms for a part of the contest a little longer than we would have liked to have been the case.

"I suppose the key score for us was our first goal which was a well worked affair and it gave us a cushion and we were able to kick on from there."

Paul Broderick and Richard Donnelly were among the points early on for their respective sides before good approach play from the latter saw him set up Darragh O'Brien for a well taken goal and a 1-2 to 0-3 lead.

That stung Tyrone into action with Connor McAliskey and team Captain Mattie Donnelly hitting five points between them as the visitors established a stranglehold on proceedings.

Ahead by three at the break two well struck McAliskey frees coupled with efforts from play from Peter Harte and Declan McClure left Tyrone in control before great work from Harte set up Niall Sludden at the back post for a palmed goal.

Carlow kept plugging away with Broderick and Darragh Foley contributing all 10 of their points between them but they were facing a losing battle.

Mattie Donnelly won a penalty which Harte converted and deep into injury time impressive full forward Richard Donnelly banged in their third goal

Carlow scorers: D Foley (0-5, 3F), P Broderick (0-5, 4F), D O'Brien (1-0)

Tyrone scorers: C McAliskey (0-5, 3F), R Donnelly (1-2), P Harte (1-1, 1-0 pen), N Sludden (1-1), M Donnelly (0-2), F Burns (0-1), D McClure (0-1), C Meyler (0-1)

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

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