A 3-3 salvo from Eire Ogs’ Sean Og Grogan proved decisive at Brewster Park on Sunday, as Tyrone’s senior hurlers maintained their push for Division 3A League honours with a comprehensive triumph over a grittyFermanagh outfit who saw out the closing stages with thirteen players.
Cavan whistler James Clarke dismissed Declan McGarry on a second yellow card and less than a minute later goalkeeper Cathal McGarry walked on a straight red infraction as the Erne men’s frustration surfaced.
Tyrone eased to a victory that keeps them locked at the summit of table alongside neighbouring Monaghan.
Fermanagh opened the scoring via a Ciaran Corrigan point only for Tyrone captain Damien Casey to restore parity with a monstrous strike from distance on six minutes before the two teams exchanged goals.
Grogan netted first only for Shea Curran, one of two late changes to the Fermanagh starting formation, to reply with a stunning three-pointer as the two teams settled into the joust.
A second Casey free had the sides locked for a third time, 1-2 each before Shamrock’s Gerard Gilmore gathered possession and burst through the cover to net a second visiting goal and following that score Tyrone never looked back.
A John Duffy free kept the Erne men in contention, but Tyrone were turning the screw with Casey adding two further points to his tally as Tyrone greeted the break holding a 3-5 to 1-4 lead.
The skilful Grogan contributed 1-1 in the closing nine minutes of the half to complete an impressive first segment.
Any hopes Fermanagh held of retrieving the deficit evaporated within twenty seconds of the restart as Grogan completed his hat trick for a healthy ten point advantage.
Curran and Daniel Teague did muster points in response but Tyrone were never in danger of surrendering their dominance, Casey in particular punishing a number of infringements on his way to a nine point tally.
His free from well inside his own half on 52 minutes illustrating the pedigree of the young Eoghain Ruadh man as Tyrone moved 4-10 to 1-7 clear.
The final quarter saw Tyrone adding to their tally through Shea McKiver and, while Curran poached a second goal, it wasn’t enough to prevent Fermanagh sliding to a third successive defeat.
The two late dismissals compounding their problems as Casey closed out the action with the final two points of the game.
Fermanagh: Cathal McGarry, Eoin Mahon, Fergus Bannon, David Teague, Paul McGoldrick, JP McGarry, Shea Curran, John Duffy, Daniel Teague, Brian McLaughlin, Thomas Cleary, Andrew Breslin, Barrie Duffy, Declan McGarry, Ciaran Corrigan. Subs – Kevin McGarry for McGoldrick, Mark Slevin for McLaughlin, Conor McShea for Corrigan, Jack Gavin for Duffy, Ciaran McTeague for Slevin
Scorers: Shea Curran 2-1, Daniel Teague 0-2, Ciaran Corrigan 0-1, Brian McLaughlin 0-1, John Duffy 0-1, Barrie Duffy 0-1, JP McGarry 0-1
Tyrone: John Devlin, Conor McNally, Mike O’Gorman, Conor Casey, Padraig McHugh, Dermot Begley, Tiernan Morgan, Shea McKiver, Aidan Kelly, Conor Grogan, Damien Casey, Chris Cross, Justin Kelly, Sean Og Grogan, Gerard Gilmore. Subs – Ricky Kelly for Cross
Scorers: Sean Og Grogan 3-3, Damien Casey 0-9, Gerard Gilmore 1-0, Conor Grogan 0-1, Shea McKiver 0-1
James Clarke, Cavan