Tyrone 1-16 Roscommon 0-08

Updated: Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 16:37

Jonathan Lafferty of Tyrone tries to escape the attentions of Roscommon's Niall Carty
Jonathan Lafferty of Tyrone tries to escape the attentions of Roscommon's Niall Carty

Tyrone eased through to the third round of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers with a comfortable 1-16 to 0-08 win at Dr Hyde Park.

Teenager Darren McCurry sparkled on his debut, hitting four points as the Red Hands eased through with 11 points to spare. And in the absence of injured skipper Stephen O’Neill, Owen Mulligan rose to the occasion with five points.

Once Peter Harte netted a 38th minute penalty, Tyrone never looked back, and performed with assurance and conviction against a home side that lost its way after an encouraging first half display.

A pre-match blow saw O’Neill ruled out by injury, but his replacement, Johnny Lafferty, settled his debut nerves by setting up the opening point for Joe McMahon.

It wasn’t until the 12th minute that Cathal Cregg skipped past two tackles to open Roscommon’s account, but a superb Owen Mulligan effort made it 0-3 to 0-1.

Donie Shine missed from three placed ball attempts as the Rossies failed to capitalise on the creativity of Ian Kilbride and Cregg, but the Clann na nGael man did narrow the gap from play in the 19th minute.

And the home side went level on the half-hour when Senan Kilbride powered over a point.

But the Red Hands finished the half strongly, with Joe McMahon stepping up his display in midfield.

Mulligan arrowed over another gem, and converted a free, and Lafferty’s stoppage time point sent the Red Hands in with a 0-7 to 0-4 advantage.

The second half was just three minutes old when Clare referee Rory Hickey awarded a penalty for Niall Carty’s foul on Mark Donnelly, with Peter Harte slotting the kick to the bottom corner of the net.

That score marked the end of Roscommon’s challenge as they lost their direction and allowed Tyrone to take control in the vital areas.

Tyrone’s link and support play was excellent, and the introduction of McCurry gave them a new dimension.

The 19-year-old provided the assist for another Mulligan gem, and proceeded to slot four delightful scores from play, three off his right foot and one off his left, to mark himself out as a star of the future.

Cregg was Roscommon’s only effective attacker, contributing three second-half points, but it was a case of damage limitation against the rampaging Red Hands.

Sean O’Neill and Niall McKenna added to the mounting Ulster tally as they cruised into Monday morning’s draw.

Tyrone scorers: P Harte 1-0 (pen), O Mulligan 0-5 (2f), D McCurry 0-4, J McMahon (1f), M Penrose (1f) 0-2 each, N McKenna, S O’Neill, J Lafferty 0-1 each.

Roscommon scorers: C Cregg 0-4, D Shine 0-2 (1f), S Kilbride, G Heneghan (f) 0-1 each.

Roscommon: G Claffey, S McDermott, N Carty, S Purcell, N Colins, N Carty, P Domican, I Kilbride, C Shine, K Mannion, N Kilroy, C Cregg, N Daly, S Kilbride, C Compton, D Shine.
Subs: G Heneghan for Kilroy, D Ward for Collins, M Finneran for Compton, D McDermott for Daly, D Smith for Mannion

Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin, C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill, J McMahon, C Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte, M Penrose, J Lafferty, O Mulligan.
Subs: R McMenamin for McCarron, d mccurry for Lafferty, B McGuigan for Mark Donnelly, A Cassidy for Cavanagh, N McKenna for Penrose.

Referee: R Hickey (Clare).