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Tyrone safely navigate tricky Dr Hyde assignment

All-Ireland Football Championship Super 8s Phase One

Tyrone 0-17 Roscommon 0-13

From Odhrán Crumley in Dr Hyde Park

Cathal McShane hit eight points as Tyrone navigated a tricky Dr Hyde Park assignment to get their Super 8s campaign off to a perfect start.

Roscommon proved credible opponents in front of a feverish home support baying for blood and an upset.

Early scores from Niall Sludden, Mattie Donnelly and McShane eased the away nerves.

Diarmuid Murtagh staged a late first half rally for his team but they would trail by two at the break.

McShane continued to dominate after the break before Peter Harte rattled the crossbar when a goal would have killed the game.

In the end, four points would be the winning margin with a Tyrone win next Saturday against Cork in Croke Park, all but sure to seal a semi-final spot.

Scorers for Tyrone: Cathal McShane 0-8 (0-5f), Niall Sludden 0-3, Mattie Donnelly 0-2, Brian Kennedy 0-1, Frank Burns 0-1, Darren McCurry 0-1, Peter Harte 0-1

Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 0-4 (0-3f), Conor Cox 0-2 (0-1f), Brian Stack 0-1, Cathal Cregg 0-1, Enda Smith 0-1, Niall Daly 0-1, Shane Killoran 0-1, Darren O’Malley 0-1 (0-1f), Andrew Glennon 0-1.

TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Hugh Pat McGeary, Ronan McNamee, Rory Brennan; Michael Cassidy, Frank Burns, Michael McKernan; Colm Cavanagh, Brian Kennedy; Matthew Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Peter Harte, Cathal McShane, Darren McCurry. Subs: Ben McDonnell for Kennedy (29), Kieran McGeary for HP McGeary (31), Richard Donnelly for McDonnell (51), Pádraig Hampsey for Cassidy (51), Connor McAliskey for Sludden (61).

ROSCOMMON: Darren O’Malley; David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Conor Daly; Ronan Daly, Conor Hussey, Niall Daly; Tadgh O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Hubert Darcy, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy; Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox, Enda Smith. Subs: Brian Stack for Darcy (26), Colin Compton for Hussey (48), Donie Smith for Cregg (51), Fintan Cregg for Killoran (62), Andrew Glennon for Cox (63).

Ref: David Coldrick (Meath).

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