Tyrone make it two wins on the trot

Allianz Football League Division 2: Tyrone 2-15 Derry 0-9

Allianz Football League Division 2: Tyrone 2-15 Derry 0-9

Rampant Tyrone routed fierce neighbours Derry at Healy Park to go clear at the top of Division Two.

The Oak Leafers remain pointless after two rounds of games, while Mickey Harte’s men look set to make a big push for promotion.

Mickey Murphy punched home a first half goal and Peter Harte added a second from a penalty to make it two wins on the spin for the in-form Red Hands.

Derry made an encouraging start, with Mark Lynch converting a ’45 and centre back Charlie Kielt guiding over a point from long range.

Tyrone were slow to settle, but once they began to get a foothold in midfield through Aidan Cassidy and Mickey Murphy, they made things happen.

Murphy’s opening score was followed by a converted free from Owen Mulligan, and they could have been ahead, had Stephen O’Neill not sent two shots against a post.

Derry almost had a goal when a long ball broke to Lynch, but his close range effort was turned around a post by goalkeeper Johnny Curran.

But the Red Hands blitzed the Oak Leafers with a five minute blitz which saw them hit 1-2.

It was Murphy who punched home from a Penrose cross after Aidan Cassidy and Peter Harte had combined.

Points from O’Neill and Cathal McCarron pushed them six points clear, and a superb O’Neill score sent Tyrone in at the break with a 1-7 to 0-3 lead.

And they pushed the advantage out to nine points within five minutes of the restart, with Mattie Donnelly, Harte and Mark Donnelly all adding points.

Derry suffered a double blow midway through the second half when midfielder Patsy Bradley was sent off on a second yellow card after conceding a penalty with a foul on Peter Harte, who drilled a superb spot kick to the bottom corner of the net.

Now with a commanding 13 points lead, Tyrone eased off in the final quarter, during which Derry pulled back scores through Kielt, Bradley and PJ McCloskey, but while Mickey Harte’s men can confidently look forward to a push for promotion, John Brennan is setting himself up for a battle against relegation.

Tyrone scorers: M Murphy 1-2, P Harte 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1 ’45), Mattie Donnelly, M Penrose, O Mulligan (2f), S O’Neill (1f), Mark Donnelly 0-2 each, C McCarron, K Coney (f) 0-1 each.,

Derry scorers: Paddy Bradley 0-3 (2f), C Kielt, C O’Boyle (2f) 0-2 each, M Lynch (’45), PJ McCloskey 0-1 each.

Tyrone: J Curran, A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin, C McCarron, P Harte, D McCaul, M Murphy, A Cassidy, Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, R McNabb, O Mulligan, M Penrose, S O’Neill.

Subs: Joe McMahon for Cassidy, K Coney for O’Neill, S Cavanagh for Mulligan, Justin McMahon for Murphy, S McNally for McCarron

Derry: P Morgan, B McCallion, B Doyle, A McAlynn, C McKaigue, C Kielt, SL McGoldrick, J Diver, Patsy Bradley, E McGuckin, M Lynch, K O’Neill, C O’Boyle, Paddy Bradley, E Lynn.

Subs: M Friel for Diver, N Forrester for O’Neill, C Gilligan for McGuckin, B Gormley for Lynch, PJ McCloskey for O’Boyle

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

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