Roscommon 0-8 Tyrone 1-16
Teenage debutant Darren McCurry stole the show at Hyde Park with a second half scoring exhibition as Tyrone cruised through to the third round of the SFC Qualifiers.
McCurry, who only joined the panel four weeks ago, kicked four delightful points from play after being introduced as a 42nd minute substitute.
Owen Mulligan, with five points, also made a big contribution to the Red Hands’ comfortable win over a Roscommon side bidding to take a second successive Ulster scalp.
Stephen O’Neill was ruled out by injury, with Johnny Lafferty coming in for his championship debut and getting involved early on as he set up the opening point for Joe McMahon.
Cathal Cregg opened Roscommon’s account in the 12th minute, but a couple of misses from Donie Shine placed balls saw some inventive Roscommon football come to nought.
A superb Owen Mulligan point made it 0-3 to 0-1, but Shine did find the range to narrow the gap from play in the 19th minute.
Roscommon, with Ian Kilbride pushing forward from the back and Karol Mannion winning vital ball in the central area, went level on 30 minutes when Senan Kilbride took advantage of hesitant defending to fire over a point.
But the Red Hands finished the half strongly, with Joe McMahon stepping up his display in midfield.
Mulligan arrowed over another gem, and converted a free, and Lafferty’s stoppage time point sent the Red Hands in with a 0-7 to 0-4 advantage.
The second half was just three minutes old when Clare referee Rory Hickey awarded a penalty for Niall Carty’s foul on Mark Donnelly, with Peter Harte slotting the kick to the bottom corner of the net.
That score marked the end of Roscommon’s challenge. They lost their direction and allowed Tyrone to take control in the vital areas.
Tyrone’s link and support play was excellent, and the introduction of McCurry gave them a new dimension.
The 19-year-old provided the assist for another Mulligan gem, and proceeded to slot four delightful scores from play, three off his right foot and one off his left, to mark himself out as a star of the future.
Cregg was Roscommon’s only effective attacker, contributing three second half points, but it was a case of damage limitation against the rampaging Red Hands.
Sean O’Neill and Niall McKenna added to the mounting Ulster tally as they cruised into Monday morning’s draw.
Tyrone: P Harte 1-0 (pen), O Mulligan 0-5 (2f), D McCurry 0-4, J McMahon (1f), M Penrose (1f) 0-2 each, N McKenna, S O’Neill, J Lafferty 0-1 each.
Roscommon: C Cregg 0-4, D Shine 0-2 (1f), S Kilbride, G Heneghan (f) 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON: G Claffey, S McDermott, N Carty, S Purcell, N Colins, N Carty, P Domican, I Kilbride, C Shine, K Mannion, N Kilroy, C Cregg, N Daly, S Kilbride, C Compton, D Shine.
Subs: G Heneghan for Kilroy, D Ward for Collins, M Finneran for Compton, D McDermott for Daly, D Smith for Mannion
TYRONE: P McConnell, A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin, C McCarron, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill, J McMahon, C Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte, M Penrose, J Lafferty, O Mulligan.
Subs: R McMenamin for McCarron, D McCurry for Lafferty, B McGuigan for Mark Donnelly, A Cassidy for Cavanagh, N McKenna for Penrose
Referee: R Hickey (Clare).