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Tyrone triumph in Division 1 return against Rossies while Derry rescue draw with Clare

A six point win for Mickey Harte’s team in Omagh.

A six point win for the Red Hands in Omagh.
A six point win for the Red Hands in Omagh.
Image: Presseye/INPHO

MICKEY HARTE SAW his Tyrone team make a successful return to life in Division 1 of the Allianz football league in Omagh today with a 0-18 to 1-9 win over Roscommon.

The Red Hands suffered an early setback when they shipped a goal to Roscommon’s Niall Daly but they recovered well to go in front by 0-10 to 1-2 at the break and ran out six point victors by the finish at Healy Park.

The wins stands them in good stead ahead of next Saturday night’s trip to Croke Park to take on reigning All-Ireland and league champions Dublin.

Peter Harte picked off 0-4 for Tyrone with Ronan O’Neill chipping in with 0-3, while there was 0-2 returns from Niall Sludden, Darren McCurry and substitute Mark Bradley.

Donie Smith notched 0-3 for Kevin McStay’s Roscommon team while half-time substitute Fintan Cregg also made a notable impression as he fired over 0-3.

Niall Daly celebrates scoring a goal Niall Daly hit the only goal of the game in Healy Park. Source: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

Roscommon will be back on home turf in Dr Hyde Park next Sunday when they entertain Donegal in Dr Hyde Park.

Meanwhile in Division 2, James Kielt was Derry’s hero with a last-gasp point salvaging a 1-8 to 0-11 draw against Clare in Celtic Park.

James Kielt James Kielt hit the levelling point in Celtic Park. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The Banner, promoted from Division 3 last year, looked on course for victory when Ciaran Russell hit a late point but they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Clare captain Gary Brennan lined out at midfield, despite having played for Ballyea in yesterday’s AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling semi-final triumph.

It was 0-5 apiece at the break before Clare made a decisive breakthrough when Jamie Malone fired home the only goal of the game.

Jamie Malone Jamie Malone netted for Clare today Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

They came close to a valuable away win before Derry hauled them back at the finish. Derry are away to Meath in Navan next Sunday while Clare at home to Down in Ennis.

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