Tyrone 1-11 Galway 1-09
Tyrone continued their impressive start to life in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League as they trumped Galway in Salthill, but they had to endure a late flurry from the hosts who scored 1-3 without reply in the dying minutes.
Tiernan McCann’s first-half goal had given the reigning five-time McKenna Cup champions the initiative. And it looked over when Paul Conroy was sent-off, and Lee Brennan gave Tyrone a 1-11 to 0-06 lead but a Damien Comer goal almost provided a sting in the tail.
Tyrone dominated the first-half, but a late rally from the hosts ensured the Ulster side only led 1-06 to 0-05 at the break.
It was Galway who made the better start and it was clear from the out-set that the route-one ball into Damien Comer and Adrian Varley was their plan of attack.
Off their first foray, Comer grabbed a Paul Conroy pass and in turn he fed Liam Silke who gave Galway the perfect start with a point.
Ronan O’Neill combined with Connor McAliskey to open Tyrone’s account in the ninth minute, but Galway hit back straight away with corner forward Eamon Brannigan on target.
But that would be Galway’s last score for 23 minutes, McCann’s goal turned the tide. When Conor Meyler’s initial effort was blocked brilliantly by Declan Kyne, the Tyrone wing-back rushed in to apply the finish.
Tyrone are the favourites for promotion back to Division 1 this year, and from the 12th to the 26th minutes they showed why.
They hit 1-5 without reply as they ramped up the pressure and their full-forward line took complete control.
Darren McCurry got his first of the day, while McAliskey tagged on another before Flynn got a black card for a trip on Justin McMahon after 22 minutes.
Tyrone’s other wing-back, Rory Brennan got in on the act with a fantastic score from the right touchline.
Galway had no answer and didn’t provide a reply until after O’Neill and McCurry doubled their tallies from frees.
The FBD League champions looked in real trouble, but the introduction of Peter Cooke was crucial and they began to win a few frees in the forward line.
Hoare converted three placed balls before the break and amazingly, despite all of Tyrone’s territory and possession, they only held a four-point advantage at the break.
Yet Galway knew they needed to strike first after half-time and as Sean Cavanagh and Mark Bradley came in off the bench there was no way back for the westerners.
Sean Cavanagh hit the best score of the game when a sumptuous pass from Mattie Donnelly set him up and that was the opening score of the second-half, the only point for 16 minutes at the start of the second-half.
Brannigan notched his second before two points each for Lee Brennan and Bradley looked to have put the game to bed.
But Galway had more in the tank and after Comer's goal three quick point put just two points between the sides. But Galway were unable to get the other goal they needed and Tyrone held on for win number two.
TYRONE: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R Brennan (0-01), J McMahon, T McCann (1-00); C Cavanagh, P McNulty; N Sludden, M Donnelly, C Meyler; D McCurry (0-02, 0-01f), C McAliskey (0-01), R O'Neill (0-02, 0-01f).
Subs used: HP McGeary for McCarron (35 mins), S Cavanagh (0-01) for Meyler (42), M Bradley (0-02) for McAliskey (42), L Brennan (0-02, 0-01f) for McCurry (49), R Donnelly for McNulty (58), C McShane for C Cavanagh (66).
GALWAY: T Dolan; E Kerin, D Kyne, D Wynne; L Silke (0-01), G O’Donnell, J Heaney; P Conroy, F O Curraoin; T Flynn, E Brannigan (0-03), E Tierney; D Comer (1-00), A Varley, E Hoare (0-03, 0-03f).
Subs used: P Cooke (0-01, 0-01 ’45) for Flynn (23 mins, black), S Walsh (0-01, 0-01f) for Tierney (48), S Denvir for Hoare (63), D Cunnane for Kerin (68), R Greene for Kyne (68).
Referee: Derek O'Mahony (Tipperary).