Tyrone have made a late push for promotion in recent weeks and took a significant step towards a return to the top tier, with an easy eight points win over a poor Kildare side, at Dungannon on Sunday.
The Red Hands play bottom side, Meath next weekend knowing that a win will give them a great chance of promotion. If Donegal beat Laois next weekend then it may well be enough for Tyrone to make the decider.
Tyrone were in control of yesterday’s match from the outset and led 0-4 to 0-1 early on. Martin Penrose scored two frees, with Brian McGuigan and Colm Cavanagh the other scorers, while Kildare’s only score early in the half came from John Doyle in the 15th minute. A point from Doyle and another from Ronan Sweeney narrowed the gap to a single score but that was as good as it got for the visitors.
Tyrone stepped it up soon after and scored five unanswered points before half-time. Penrose hit three and McGuigan and Kevin Hughes added the others, to give the hosts a 0-9 to 0-3 half-time lead.
The second half was a disappointing affair and despite having the wind, Kildare failed to score until the 33rd minute. Mark Donnelly(3) and Sean Cavanagh added further Tyrone points to edge them clear and it took until the final two minutes before Johnny Doyle could get Kildare off the mark for the half.
Tyrone ( v Kildare) – P McConnell, M Swift, J McMahon, D McCaul, D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin, K Hughes, A Cassidy, C Cavanagh, B McGuigan, S Cavanagh, M Penrose, S O’Neill, O Mulligan.
Kildare ( v Tyrone): S Connolly; H McGrillen, M Foley, A MacLochlainn; G White, B Flanagan, E Bolton; T Moolick, P O’Neill; R Sweeney, E O’Flaherty, K Cribben; J Doyle, D Flynn, R Kelly.