Tyrone make it four in a row in McKenna Cup

Tyrones Captain, Sean Cavanagh with the cup'�Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Tyrones Captain, Sean Cavanagh with the cup'�Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Determined Tyrone won a fourth consecutive McKenna Cup title as they saw off the gritty challenge of Cavan in Athletic Grounds.

With Monaghan due to visit Healy Park on this coming Saturday night, the victory will come as the perfect boost for a maturing Tyrone team.

The first half performance from the Red Hands was poor, but, they emerged, a side transformed in the second period, holding Cavan scoreless and adding 1-7 of their own to ease to victory.

For much of the opening period the Red Hands struggled to cope with Cavan, and especially their forwards, where Martin Dunne and Niall McDermott gave the Tyrone defence a real headache.

The direct running of Mark McKeever and Killian Clarke added to the Red Hands problems in defence.

Going forward Tyrone had slipped into the same predictable and slow attacking that had characterised their play in the group games of the McKenna Cup.

This changed in the second half. The introduction of Darren McCurry into the attack gave the Red Hands a creative influence in the half forward line, the Edendork man’s accurate and direct kick passing proving the ideal tonic to the laboured hand passing that had blighted the first half performance.