Dr McKenna Cup: McKiernan stars as Breffni rattle the Red Hands

January 12, 2022

Cavan's Oisin Brady and Tomas Carney of Tyrone during the McKenna Cup game at Kingspan Breffni Park

Cavan 1-17
Tyrone 0-5

All-Ireland champions Tyrone were brought back down to earth with a bang by Cavan in last night’s Dr McKenna Cup clash at Kingspan Breffni Park.

The home side enjoyed a 15-point victory over an understrength Red Hands team with Gearoid McKiernan delivering a man-of-the-match performance.

The Breffni County’s talisman helped himself to 1-4 and his goal parachuted Mickey Graham’s side into a commanding 1-8 to 0-2 interval lead.

The Tyrone team that took to the field featured just four players – Paudie Hampsey, Peter Harte, Kieran McGeary and Darren McCurry – that started last September’s Sam Maguire Cup decider success over Mayo.

Conor Meyler, Conn Kilpatrick and Michael McKiernan all saw action as subs but they were unable to put a halt to the Breffni County’s gallop.

The visitors’ woes were compounded when Richie Donnelly was red carded in the 39th minute.

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