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Thursday 14 December 2017

Farney edge thriller to keep Tyrone rooted to basement

IN THE basement battle of Division 1, Monaghan edged victory at a glorious, sun-kissed Grattans Park, Inniskeen to leave Tyrone rooted to the bottom of the table.

Tyrone looked in control as they led 0-7 to 0-3, but Conor Gormley's mistake gifted a goal to Tommy Freeman as Monaghan moved one ahead by the break. The game remained tight and the sides were level with three minutes left. However, Paul Finlay's seventh point and a Rory Woods' score proved enough for Monaghan, despite the late dismissals of Stephen Gollogly and Freeman.

Owen Mulligan hit the last score of the game for Tyrone, but the referee's final whistle was blown immediately after the kick-out to give the home side a 1-14 to 0-16 victory.

Monaghan led 0-2 to 0-1 early on but four unanswered scores by Raymond Mulgrew, Kevin Hughes, Mulligan and Martin Penrose helped Tyrone move into a 0-7 to 0-3 advantage as they assumed control.

At that stage only the place-kicking duo of Finlay and Conor McManus were keeping Monaghan in the contest as Tyrone continued to lead 0-9 to 0-5.

However, the tide turned in a two-minute period just before the break as Finlay's third free of the day was then followed by Freeman's levelling goal after Gormley lost possession 35 meteres from his own goalline. Freeman still had work to do as he charged goalwards but he kept his nerve impeccably to slot past Johnny Curran.

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