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Tyrone 1-15 Cavan 0-11

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 21:41 | Comments

Tyrone's Ronan McNabb with Cavan's Michael Argue
Tyrone's Ronan McNabb with Cavan's Michael Argue

Tyrone won their third successive Dr McKenna Cup title with a 1-15 to 0-11 win over Cavan at the Athletic Grounds.

Cavan went four clear with a seven points tally from Martin Dunne and Eugene Keating, but a stoppage time Plunkett Kane goal sent Tyrone in level on 1-05 to 0-08 at the interval.

Following the dismissal of Cavan defender Killian Brady, Tyrone took control, with the outstanding Kyle Coney finishing with a five-point tally and Paddy McNeice hitting three.

In front of a crowd of 4,597, Cavan started strongly with the wind in their backs, Martin Dunne and Eugene Keating boosting confidence with superb early scores.

And the intensity of the Breffni tackling repeatedly frustrated the Red Hands, with Declan McKiernan, Jushua Hayes, James McEnroe and Niall McDermott all breaking down attacks.

Tyrone eventually registered their first score in the 12th minute when Coney, making his first start of the season, curled over a gem from wide on the left, and a Niall Morgan free narrowed the gap to one.

Mickey Hartes’ men stepped up the tempo, but were denied a goal when Mark Donnelly cut in from the left to get his shot away, but ‘keeper Alan O’Mara produced an excellent save.

Keating showcased his talent with another exceptional score, but Morgan thumped a 45 metre free between the posts, despite the strong wind gusting in his face.

Dunne and Keating continued to finish with lethal accuracy, pushing their side into a four-point lead.

But deep into stoppage time, Plunkett Kane netted a goal from the rebound as O’Mara parried Paddy McNeice’s effort, and the sides went in level at 1-05 to 0-08.

Cavan had a goal chance when Cian Mackey sent Michael Argue clear, but he smashed his shot just wide.

They went back in front through the hard-working Mackey, but Coney and McNeice had the holders back in front.

Cavan suffered a blow in the 47th minute when corner back Killian Brady was black-carded, and, as he had already been booked, no replacement was allowed.

By the three-quarter stage, Tyrone had eased into a four-point lead, and the Cavan defence was looking less secure as they were confronted by waves of attack.

Mark Donnelly and Coney punished the challengers with points on the counter-attack, and Tyrone outscored their opponents by ten points to three in the second half.

Coney marked his return with five points, while McNeice nailed three as the Red Hands finished in control and in style.

Cavan sub Mark McKeever did come close to netting late on, but he drilled a superb shot against a post.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-03, 3f), PJ Quinn, D McBride, R McKenna, R McNabb, D Carlin, T McCann, N McKenna (0-01), S Cavanagh (0-01), PJ Lavery, C Cavanagh, P Kane (1-00), P McNeice (0-03), M Donnelly (0-01), K Coney (0-05, 2f).

Subs: C Grugan for C Cavanagh, C McGinley (0-01) for McNabb, A McCrory for McBride, E McKenna for Kane, S McGuigan for Lavery, P Hughes for Donnelly

Cavan: A O’Mara, J Hayes, R Dunne, K Brady, D Barkey, J McLoughlin, J McEnroe, D McKiernan, D O’Reilly, M Reilly, N McDermott, M Argue, C Mackey (0-03), M Dunne (0-04, 2f), E Keating (0-03).

Subs: N Smith for Dunne, G McKiernan for D McKiernan, J Givney (0-01)for Barkey, K Tierney for McDermott, M McKeever for Hayes, P Leddy for McLoughlin.

Referee: M McNally (Monaghan).

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