Tyrone Out Smart Monaghan to Dr. McKenna Cup

Tyrone retained the Dr. McKenna Cup with an impressive three point win 11 points to 1-5 over Monaghan in the Athletic Grounds.

Barry McBennett goal three minutes into injury time gave Monaghan hope, but it was too late as Tyrone lifted McKenna Cup for the 17th time.

Tyrone had moved into a two point lead after seven minutes via Frank Burans and Michael O’Neill, Shane Carey’s point a minute later was cancelled out by Daniel Kerr within 60 seconds.

Conor McCarthy levelled the game up with points on 21 and 25 minutes but it was the final score of the half for the Farney men.

Darren McCurry and Ciaran McGeary moved Tyrone two points clear five points to three on 28 minutes.

Tyrone went in at the break five points clear with McCurry on 31 minutes and Ronan O’Neill on 34, before McCurry scored again two minutes into first-half injury time.

Just five times did the ball cross the bar in the second Ronan O’Neill with all three of Tyrone’s scores the first on 42 minutes to move them six clear.

A Shane Carey free the first of the game four minutes later followed by a Conor McCarthy point five minutes later made it a four point game nine points to five.

However Monaghan lacked the penetration against Mickey Harte’s men with Ronan O’Neill’s free two minutes later, returning Tyrone’s five point advantage.

Remarkably there would not be another score until the first minute of injury time as O’Neill slotted over his fourth of the game to give Tyrone a victory lap.

There was drama remaining in the game as Dessie Ward’s shot from outside 15 minutes game back off the bar, the Tyrone defence were caught out as Barry McBennett collected and calmly rolled the ball home.

However it was too late for the Monaghan men as Tyrone won out 1-5 to 11 points.