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GAA: Cavanagh Saves Tyrone As Rossies Dismiss Leitrim

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Tyrone 2-11 Down 3-8

This game started very slowly and looked bound to fall short of the expected high quality championship match as both sides showed no real appetite to play the game for most of the first half. Tyrone were more dominant and sharper in front of goal, but Down were very wasteful with their scoring ability. Tyrone were awarded a controversial penalty when their forward was brought down in the small square, Peter Harte stepped up to convert the penalty for the red hand county. Tyrone comfortably led by 1-5 to 0-3 points at the break. Both sides were guilty of some awful wides in the first half.

The second half was to be a different affair as the atmosphere and intensity of the game picked up as Down began to make a come-back when Jerome Johnston got in past the Tyrone cover and was brought down by the Tyrone keeper which resulted in a penalty for Down, which was blasted into the net by Aidan Carr.  Tyrone soon responded when influential substitute Stephen O’Neill set-up a goal for Darren McCurry who placed the ball into the bottom corner of the Down net. Down were not going to give up just yet, a darting run through the Tyrone defence set up Donal O’Hare who squeezed the ball in at the near post to keep Down within striking distance of Tyrone. Down’s support play and off the ball running was giving Tyrone some clear defence issues which weren’t resolved as Down again pressed through the red hand defence for Conor Maginn to score another goal. It was really game on now as Tyrone only led by a single score at this time. Down went in front in the closing stages, however Tyrone will be thankful that Down’s late ill-discipline gave them one last chance to level matters, this free was converted by Sean Cavanagh which helped them avoid defeat, both sides will have to do it again another day as it ended as a draw, Tyrone 2-11 Down 3-8.

Connacht Senior Football Championship

Roscommon 1-18 Leitrim 0-13

Leitrim were the visitors to Dr. Hyde Park and with Roscommon’s strong set of players it was going to be an uphill task for them. Roscommon were completely dominant in this game as they raced in to an early lead as Leitrim relied mostly on frees for their scores. Roscommon kept popping over the points as they were beginning to run away with this game quite easily. A goal by Ronan Stack just before half time meant Roscommon were in front by triple scores. Roscommon in front at half time by 1-12 to 0-5.

The second half started well for Leitrim as they aimed to put up a challenge to their western neighbours. Leitrim starting building some momentum with points coming from Emlyn Mulligan, the key score provider for Leitrim. Leitrim kept the momentum up as Roscommon didn’t seem to know how to halt the pressure. Roscommon got some frees from Donie Shine to slow the pace of the game down and to take the sting out of the Leitrim momentum and that was enough for Roscommon to hold onto their lead they had built up in the first half. Roscommon winners by 1-18 to 0-13 points, but they will be disappointed with their second half display.

Image courtesy of GAA.ie

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