Tyrone Show Promise To End Longford’s Summer

Longford bowed out of the All-Ireland championship after Tyrone showed their quality capitalising on early Longford errors.

Tyrone were in reality far more comfortable winners than the score-line suggests as they got their championship campaign back on track at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

A pair of Cathal McShane goals in the ninth and 17th minutes set Mickey Harte’s men up for a routine win as Tyrone won out 2-15 to 1-14.

McShane’s double helped the visitors to a 2-7 to 0-5 interval lead, with three of Longford’s first half points coming from David McGinvey frees.

Colm P Smyth fired over a couple of eye-catching Longford points, but ten points separated the sides at the end of the 70 minutes, before Tyrone allowed their guard to slip late on, the home side hitting 1-3 in stoppage time, including a goal from substitute Iarla O’Sullivan.

Longford: P Collum; P Fox, D McElligot, B O’Farrell; M Quinn (0-02), P McCormack, D Quinn; J Keegan, D McGivney (0-04, 4f); G Rogers, B McKeon (0-02, 1f), C Smyth (0-03); D Mimnagh (0-01), J McGivney, J Hagan (0-01).

Subs: A McElligot for Rogers (42), D Doherty for O’Farrell (54), A Farrell for Keegan (56), M Hughes for J McGivney (67), S Kenny (0-01) for Mimnagh (67), I O’Sullivan (1-00) for Hagan (71)

Tyrone: N Morgan; HP McGeary (0-01), R McNamee, M McKernan; M Cassidy (0-01), K McGeary, F Burns; C Cavanagh, B Kennedy; D McClure, N Sludden, P Harte (0-09, 7f); D McCurry, C McShane (2-02), M Donnelly.

Subs: B McDonnell (0-02) for Kennedy (h-t), C Meyler for K McGeary (h-t), R Brennan for McKernan (42), K Coney for McClure (54), C McAliskey for McCurry (54), C McCann for Sludden (64)

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)