Cunningham goals extend minors unbeaten run

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cunningham goals extend minors unbeaten run thumbnailOran Mallon on the ball for Tyrone minors against Donegal in the Ulster Minor Football League.

PT Cunningham was the two-goal hero on his home turf at Killyclogher as Tyrone stretched their unbeaten run in the Ulster Minor Football League.


The full forward hit the net twice in the space of just 20 seconds just before half-time to set his team up for a comfortable win over 14-man Donegal.

The visitors had to play the final 20 minutes a man down, following the straight red card dismissal of centre back Luke Gavigan, and the Red Hands were able to close out the game confidently.

One more victory in their final game against Fermanagh will secure a place in the play-off for Tyrone, who jointly lead Group B along with Derry.

The home side started strongly, and Peter Og McCartan linked up with Arnie Macidulskas combined to send Cunningham for an early opener.

But Donegal were dangerous on the breakaway, and goalkeeper Lorcan Quinn had to be at his best to keep out an Aaron Doherty effort.

Matthew McGuigan added a point from a free to double the lead, and they went further ahead with a James Morgan free.

McCartan sent over a brilliant score from a tight angle to make it 0-4 to 0-0, and it wasn't until the 15th minute that Donegal got their first score, from full forward Oisin Gallen.

Cunningham steered over a free, but Donegal struck for a goal in the 23rd minute, Paddy Dolan sending wing back Conor O'Donnell for a low finish to the net.

But Tyrone responded with a quick-fire double. McCartan provided the cross for Cunningham to palm home, and when possession was regained from the poor kick-out, Cunningham rifled a shot of the roof of the net.

O'Donnell and McCartan traded points in stoppage time, and Tyrone went in with a 2-6 to 1-2 lead at the break.

Donegal captain Peadar Mogan converted a couple of frees, and there were also scores from substitute Lanty Molloy and Gallen, who finished in style following a patient build-up.

But Cathaoir Gallagher came off the bench to make a big impact with four points.

Donegal suffered a blow when centre back Luke Gavigan received a straight red card following an incident involving Morgan in the 43rd minute, and despite hitting the next score of the contest, they were never able to threaten a comeback.

Gallen added his third point, but Tyrone midfielder Oran Mallon quickly responded with a fine score, and it was substitute Gallagher who illuminated the game with a strong of well taken points.

Tyrone scorers: PT Cunningham 2-2 (0-1 free), Cathaoir Gallagher 0-4 (1 free), Peter Og McCartan, James Morgan (1 free) 0-2 each, Oran Mallon, Matthew McGuigan (free) 0-1 each.

Donegal scorers: Conor O'Donnell 1-1, Oisin Gallen 0-3, Peadar Mogan (2 frees), Lanty Molloy 0-2 each.

Tyrone: Lorcan Quinn; Antoin Fox, Brian McNulty, Peter Mullan; Conall Grimes, Cahir Goodwin, Conall Devlin; Arnoldac Macidulskas, Oran Mallon; Matthew McGuigan, James Morgan, Peter Og McCartan; Jude Campbell, PT Cunningham, Oran Rafferty.

Subs: Damien McGuigan for Goodwin, Ciaran Breen for McNulty, Cathaoir Gallagher for Cunningham, Adam Connolly for McGuigan, Ruairi Gormley for Morgan.

Donegal: Sean Taylor; Michael McGroary, Aaron Deeney, Karol McGlynn; Conor O'Donnell, Luke Gavigan, Paul Murphy; Ronan Docherty, Colin McFadden; Paddy Dolan, Aaron Doherty, Michael Gallagher; Peadar Mogan, Oisin Gallen, Shane McDevitt.

Subs: Lanty Molloy for Gallagher, Jack McSharry for McFadden, Niall Hannigan for Mogan (BC).

Referee: Anthony Marron (Monaghan).


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