ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 3A.
Monaghan 4-12, Tyrone 2-13.
A goal and a point in stoppage time saw Monaghan clinch victory and pick up their first league points in this very entertaining contest that was played in breezy conditions in Healy Park yesterday afternoon.
Monaghan fielded their strongest team so far in the competition with the Castleblayney players, Colin Merrick, Mark Treanor, Peter Treanor and Cormac McNally turning out for their first taste of league action and they played a major part in this victory.
At the end of a very entertaining first half Tyrone led by 1-10 to 1-7, Damien Casey with 1-5 of that total, two of those coming in stoppage time after Monaghan h ad fought back to parity at 1-7 apiece in the 27th minute, Mark Treanor with the Monaghan goal in the 15th minute.
The second-half was a real dingdong affair during which the sides were level on five occasions, trading scores repeatedly as Monaghan grew increasingly into the game and took a two points lead entering the final ten minutes of normal time. Tyrone responded with spirit to get the margin down to the minimum but ultimately it was their predatory instincts of Stephen Lambe who rammed in his second goal in stoppage time to clinch victory.
Scorers: Monaghan: F Rafter 0-8 (8f), S Lambe 2-1,M Treanor 2-2, C Power 0-1. Tyrone: D Casey 1-7 (0-3f 0-1’65), B McGurk 1-1, M Mulgrew 0-2, D Begley, R McKernan and T Morgan 0-1 each.
Monaghan: P Bermingham, C Merrick, J Guinan, P McKenna, S Lambe, E Collins, C McKenna, C Gernon, K Crawley, M Treanor, P McGahon, P Treanor, C McNally, T Campbell, F Rafter. Subs: C Power for C McGahon (58), C Callan for C McNally (63), S McNally for C Gernon (68), G Brennan for P McKenna (70).
Tyrone: C McElhatton, R Devlin, M Winters, J Kerr, S Muldoon, C Kearns, D Begley, R McKenna, C McNally, C Lagan, C Cross, T Morgan, M Mulgrew, D Casey, B McGuirk. Subs: D Rafferty for R Devlin (41), L Devlin for S Muldoon (54), B Gormley for C Lagan (57). .
Referee:J Connors (Donegal)