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2024 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship – Tyrone 3-15 Clare 0-10

June 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tyrone defeated Clare by 3-15 to 0-10 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on Sunday June 2nd at O’Neills Healy Park, Omagh.

Dooher content with nervy first Tyrone win, but Clare all but out

All-Ireland SFC: Tyrone 3-15 Clare 0-10

Report by Francis Mooney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Brian Dooher was content with a job done in Omagh though accepted Tyrone’s first win of the All-Ireland series came despite a ‘nervous’ performance.

A late salvo of 1-4, after Clare were reduced to 14, put gloss on the scoreboard, but Tyrone toiled for long periods.

Only an unlikely pair of final round results can now rescue the Banner’s campaign – they face Donegal. While Tyrone meet Cork with top spot in the group still up for grabs.

“We came here today and we needed two points, and thankfully we got them to make sure we’re still alive going in to the Cork game,” said Tyrone joint manager Dooher.

“If we were honest it was probably a very nervous performance. There wasn’t that cohesion, but we chipped enough scores. Niall Devlin kept us in it in the first half, took enough scores to keep us at that distance that we could push on in the second half. In the second half we gradually settled in to the game, took it step by step, and chipped over the scores that we needed.”

Dooher was pleased with the manner in which his side stepped up the tempo in the second half.

“You’re at the business end of the season, it’s either do or die. It was one of those games that if we hadn’t come out of here today we were gone. The boys’ backs were to the wall and thankfully they responded in the right way, particularly in the second half.

“The first half was probably ropey enough, we were hesitant and a bit nervous. It was maybe understandable too, but once they got that wee bit of a push and a bit of belief in themselves they pushed on.”

Corner back Devlin kept the home side on top with two first-half goals, compensating for a misfiring attack that managed just one point during the opening half.

Tyrone failed to capitalise on a black card for Clare defender Ikem Ugweri after three minutes, scoring just a point during the wing back’s absence, and Clare moved ahead at the end of the opening quarter through Emmet McMahon.

But in the 19th minute Devlin surged forward to get on the end of Aidan Clarke’s assist and fired his shot past ‘keeper Stephen Ryan.

Cillian Roiune’s second score brought Clare level, but Devlin struck again in the 29th minute. It was goalkeeper Niall Morgan, pushing up as far as the opposition 20 metre line, who provided the final pass for the flying defender to apply another clinical finish and send his side in with a 2-3 to 0-5 interval lead.

Donnelly and Brian Kennedy pushed the Ulster side into a six-point lead after the break, but Clare displayed their battling qualities to disrupt and counter, with Ronan Lanigan and Alan Sweeney always looking to press forward from the back.

McMahon and Aaron Griffin pulled back points, but Darragh Canavan finally got going with a couple of placed ball scores as Tyrone, with a light wind now in their backs, pushed for home.

The Canavan brothers displayed their class with brilliantly executed scores, and Donnelly curled over his second. And as the game slipped away from Clare in the closing stages, the were reduced to 14 men following a straight red card for midfielder Darragh Bohannon.

The floodgates opened in the final 10 minutes as the home side tagged on 1-4, including a brilliantly executed goal from Darragh Canavan.

Scorers for Tyrone: N Devlin (2-2), D Canavan (1-4, 2f, 1m), M Donnelly (0-4), R Canavan (0-2); B Kennedy, C Daly, C Kilpatrick (0-1 each)

Scorers for Clare: E McMahon (0-5, 3f); C Rouine (0-2); M McInerney (‘45), R Lanigan, A Griffin (0-1 each),

TYRONE: N Morgan, N Devlin, P Hampsey, A Clarke; M McKernan, M Donnelly, K McGeary; B Kennedy (0-1), J Oguz; C Daly (0-1), M O’Neill, S O’Donnell; D McCurry, D Canavan (1-4, 2f, 1m), R Canavan (0-2).
Subs: C Kilpatrick for Oguz (49), P Harte for McCurry (53), S O’Hare for McGeary, C McShane for O’Donnell (62), C Quinn for O’Neill (66)

CLARE: S Ryan; M Doherty, C Brennan, R Lanigan; A Sweeney, C Rouine, I Ugweru; B McNamara, D Bohannon; D Walsh, D Coughlan, G Murray; C Downes; A Griffin, E McMahon
Subs: J Stack for Downes (42), E O’Connor for McNamara (51), C Burle for Sweeney (58), J McGann for Griffin (62), M McInerney for McMahon (66)

Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

Team News

Clare: Stephen Ryan; Manus Doherty, Cillian Brennan, Ronan Lanigan; Alan Sweeney, Cillian Rouine, Ikem Ugweru; Brian McNamara, Darragh Bohannon; Daniel Walsh, Dermot Coughlan, Gavin Murray; Ciarán Downes, Aaron Griffin, Emmet McMahon.
Subs: Tristan O’Callaghan, Micheál Garry, Darren Nagle, Jamie Stack, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Mark McInerney, Joe McGann, Éinne O’Connor, Cian Burke, Shane Griffin, James Curran.

Tyrone: Niall Morgan; Niall Devlin, Padraig Hampsey, Michael McKernan; Ben Cullen, Mattie Donnelly, Kieran McGeary; Brian Kennedy, Conn Kilpatrick; Ciarán Daly, Michael O’Neill, Seán O’Donnell; Darren McCurry, Darragh Canavan, Ruairi Canavan.
Subs: Oisín O’Kane, Frank Burns, Aidan Clarke, Peter Harte, Nathan McCarron, Lorcan McGarrity, Cathal McShane, Joe Oguz, Shea O’Hare, Cormac Quinn, Tiernan Quinn.


June 2
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


O’Neill’s Healy Park Omagh

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