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On target: Damian Casey was Tyrone’s top scorer in their win over Monaghan and will again have a key role when they meet Donegal next weekend

On target: Damian Casey was Tyrone’s top scorer in their win over Monaghan and will again have a key role when they meet Donegal next weekend

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On target: Damian Casey was Tyrone’s top scorer in their win over Monaghan and will again have a key role when they meet Donegal next weekend

The hurlers of Tyrone have silverware in their sights following an emphatic 2-19 to 1-12 win over Monaghan in the Nicky Rackard Cup competition at the week-end.

But capturing the trophy is certain to prove difficult given that Donegal loom on the horizon on Saturday in the semi-final.

Nonetheless, manager Mattie Lennon is taking heart from his team's comprehensive performance against a Monaghan side that played only in fits and starts.

"We were very keen to get back on the rails after our loss to Mayo last week-end," said Lennon. "We were under-strength for that game but we produced more of the kind of form of which I know we are capable in getting past Monaghan. There is little to choose between the sides left in the competition, however."

"We will need to remain on our toes if we are to make further progress.

"Obviously if we were to win the Rackard Cup it would mean that we would move up a level next year and that would give us a big chance to imrpove."

"Donegal have been in good form lately and they will fancy their chances against us so we will have to get into our stride from the start if we can. I know that there is a good spirit in this Tyrone side and I feel that we are now primed for the challenge of meeting them."

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Tyrone seized the initiative in the first-half and led by 1-12 to 0-9 at the break, Bryan McGurk's goal being complemented by a salvo of points from Damian Casey, Conor Grugan, Dean Rafferty and Sean Paul McKernan.

Monaghan looked as if they might mount a recovery when Aidan Burns grabbed a goal on the re-start but, despite his efforts and those of Fergal Rafter, Shane McNally and Mark Treanor in particular, Tyrone continued to hold the whip hand.

There was disappointment for Derry, however, when they crashed to Offaly by 0-32 to 1-12 in the Christy Ring Cup.

John McEvoy's side were unable to cope with the pace and power of the midland county and the fact the Oak Leaf side lost John Mullan to a red card did not help matters.

Richie Mullan's 37th minute goal looked like it might breathe new life into Derry but apart from Cormac O'Doherty's significant points haul, the north-west side's opposition proved feeble.

Offaly's win was tinged with sadness, though, following the death of former senior county player Adrian Cahill.

Aged just 49, Adrian was an uncle of Eoin Cahill who scored 0-17 in the county's win over Derry and is recognised as being one of the most talented players in the county.

Adrian won Leinster Championship and National League honours with Offaly in the early 90's and had contributed much to the nurturing of hurling in the county.

Meanwhile, Antrim could still be without the vastly experienced Neil McManus for next weekend's meeting with Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup. The Saffrons have beaten Westmeath and drawn with Carlow in the competition and see the game against Kerry as vital in this respect.

Manager Darren Gleeson has also a couple of other injury worries to ponder.


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