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McCurry on fire for Red Hands

TYRONE comfortably dealt with the threat of Roscommon with a 1-16 to 0-8 win at Dr Hyde Park on Saturday to make it through to the third round of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers.

Teenager Darren McCurry sparkled on his debut, hitting four points as the Red Hands eased through with 11 points to spare. And in the absence of injured skipper Stephen O'Neill, Owen Mulligan rose to the occasion with five points.

Once Peter Harte netted a 38th-minute penalty, Tyrone never looked back against a home side that lost its way after an encouraging first half.

It wasn't until the 12th minute that Cathal Cregg skipped past two tackles to open Roscommon's account, but a superb Owen Mulligan effort made it 0-3 to 0-1.

The second half was just three minutes old when Clare referee Rory Hickey awarded a penalty for Niall Carty's foul on Mark Donnelly, with Peter Harte slotting the kick home.

Tyrone's link and support play was excellent, and the introduction of McCurry gave them a new dimension.

The 19-year-old provided the assist for another Mulligan gem, and proceeded to slot four delightful scores from play, three off his right foot and one off his left.

In the other SFC qualifiers, Wicklow bowed out of the championship after a 0-13 to 0-10 defeat to Leitrim.

Galway, meanwhile, surprisingly crashed out to Antrim on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-10, while Longford were beaten by Limerick, 1-21 to 1-15 after extra-time.