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Tyrone have plenty of work to do: Harte

Tyrone 0-18 Roscommon 1-09

By Kevin Kelly

Tyrone ensured their return to Division One was a winning one after they recovered from an early Roscommon goal to take the spoils at Healy Park.

Wing half forward Niall Daly was the player on target as he got in behind an absent Tyrone defence to blast to the net after only two minutes. Red Hands manager Mickey Harte admitted afterwards that they will have to tighten up at the back.

"When you get 18 points any day I don't think it is a bad return but we can't afford to give opponents the chances that we gave Roscommon," said Harte.

"It is great to get off to a winning start and while we have things to work on, the victory was the main thing.

"We are happy with parts of our performance while other parts we know that we could have done much better. I think some of our passing was a bit sloppy and some of our handling wasn't good.

"You have to be realistic as this is the early part of the year and conditions are a little bit slippery and players aren't just as fine tuned."

Darren McCurry had opened the scoring but that early goal from the visitors stung Tyrone into action and by the 10th minute they had turned things around to lead thanks to points from McCurry again, Peter Harte and midfielder Colm Cavanagh.

Conor Devaney got the first of only two first-half Roscommon points before Tyrone were dealt a blow when Mattie Donnelly exited with a head injury.

Tyrone lifted their game with Harte hitting another three points, two from frees, and Ronan O'Neill also on target from a placed ball. Wing half backs Tiarnan McCann and Johnny Monroe both got injury-time points to leave Tyrone 0-10 to 1-2 in front at the interval.

Roscommon's Donie Smith got the opening score of the second period after only 11 seconds and the same player scored again in the next attack.

Niall Sludden steadied the home side with a point before two frees in as many minutes from O'Neill. Roscommon substitute John McManus then fired over and when fellow replacements Niall Kilroy and Fintan Cregg also found the range, the gap was down to three again.

Tyrone substitute Mark Bradley, though, made an immediate impact with two super scores.

That deflated Roscommon and Tyrone kicked on. Conor Meyler kicked a point with Conall McCann also on target either side of a Cregg brace.

The superb Niall Sludden took a fine point from distance to complete the scoring.

Tyrone scorers: P Harte 0-4 (3f), R O'Neill 0-3, (3f), N Sludden 0-2, D McCurry 0-2, (1 '45'), M Bradley (0-2), T McCann (0-1), J Monroe (0-1), C Cavanagh (0-1), C McCann (0-1), C Meyler (0-1)

Roscommon scorers: D Smith 0-3, F Cregg 0-3, N Daly 1-0, C Devaney 0-1, N Kilroy 0-1, J McManus 0-1

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