Tyrone destroy Offaly in Tullamore

Tyrone 1-27 Offaly 0-8

Tyrone destroy Offaly in Tullamore

Tyrone 1-27 Offaly 0-8

3,038 spectators watched Tyrone hand Offaly a football lesson, as the visitors cruised to a 22-point win at O'Connor Park, Tullamore, this afternoon.

Tyrone never looked troubled in this match, as the Red Hands lead throughout, leading by 0-14 to 0-0, before Peter Cunningham claimed Offaly's opening score in the 31st minute.

Tyrone moved 19 points clear on the restart, and although Offaly rallied with Ken Casey trying hard, a 61st minute Ronan O'Neill goal paved the way for a Tyrone win, and Offaly's biggest defeat in the All-Ireland qualifiers since the system was introduced in 2001.

The hosts were up against it coming into this game missing four of the team which started in the four-point loss to Kildare in the Leinster Championship at the start of June, and a total of 10 players out of the squad since their league final defeat.

David Brady, Michael Brazil, Brian Connor and Anton Sullivan were all absent from the starting 15, with 2012 minors Darragh Corbett and Peter Cunningham; along with Niall Darby and Derek Kelly earning call-up's.

Brady's absence enforced, after the Ballyfore clubman sustained a hand injury in training on Tuesday night.

The hosts were also missing five who have departed for America, with Brazil and Connor gone, along with John Moloney, Eoin Rigney and Luke Kelly.

Tyrone oozed confidence throughout this tie and were clinical in front of the posts right from their first point from Sean Cavanagh inside the opening two minutes.

Five minutes later Mickey Harte's side had pushed 0-4 to 0-0 clear, with Matthew Donnelly, Conor McAliskey and Darren McCurry on target.

Offaly's scoring opportunities were few and far between in the opening half, the Faithful County punished by overplaying the ball in attack.

Cunningham caught for fumbling the ball early on after a pass from Niall McNamee, with the latter kicking Offaly's first wide in the 11th minute, after Tyrone had pulled five points clear, thanks to a Matthew Donnelly score.

Sean Cavanagh's brilliance from placed balls, coupled with scores from McCurry, Matthew Donnelly and Mark Donnelly, handed Tyrone a 0-14 to 0-0 lead, before Cunningham eventually opened the hosts' account.

A seventh point for Edendork clubman McCurry pushed Tyrone to a 0-15 to 0-1 lead at the break.

Tyrone were boosted for the second half by the return of Joe McMahon from a hamstring injury, with the Omagh man partnering Sean Kavanagh in the middle for the second half.

Tyrone's ruthless streak continued on the restart, as the visitors added five points without reply including two from Conor Clarke as they lead by 0-20 to 0-1 after 43 minutes.

Offaly were handed a glimmer of hope in the 42nd minute, when Ciarán Hurley broke through on goals, but the Edenderry clubman was denied by the cross-bar, for the hosts first wide of the half.

Tyrone edged back with a second point of the game from Conor Clarke, but Offaly fought hard.

Emmet McDonnell's side were sharper in front of the posts, registering a trio of points in succession to cut the gap to 16 points by the 51st minute.

Brian Darby, Pádraig Bracken and Ken Casey on target to ensure a 0-20 to 0-4 score-line, with Darby and Bracken slotting over excellent points from play.

Tyrone's wides tally beginning to mount up, with the visitors registering four wides and held scoreless in a seven-minute spell.

Substitute Ronan O'Neill broke the scoring deadlock as the game entered the final quarter, and although Offaly held their own at this stage, O'Neill bagged the only goal of the contest, after good work by Kyle Coney and Conor McAliskey to send the visitors on the way to a comfortable win.

TYRONE: P McConnell; R McKenna, C McCarron, D McBride; C Clarke (0-2), P Harte, C Gormley; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh (0-6, 5f); Matthew Donnelly (0-3), Mark Donnelly (0-2), C McGinley (0-1); D McCurry (0-8, 3f), M Penrose, C McAliskey (0-2). Subs: Joe McMahon for C Cavanagh (HT); R O'Neill (1-2) for McCurry (51); A Cassidy for Clarke (57); K Coney (0-1) for Penrose (60); J Lafferty for Matthew Donnelly (64).

OFFALY: A Mulhall; B Darby (0-1), P McConway, S Sullivan; E Carroll, D Kelly, D Hanlon; A McNamee, J Brickland; G Guilfoyle, P Cunningham (0-1, 1f), N Darby; D Corbett, N McNamee, K Casey (0-4, 2f). Subs: P Bracken (0-1) for Brickland (15); C Hurley (0-1) for Guilfoyle (24); D Currams for Kelly (26); R Allen for A McNamee (39); W Mulhall for Carroll (48).

REFEREE: David Coldrick (Meath)

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