Super 8s: Roscommon 2-12 Tyrone 4-24

Niall Sludden
Niall Sludden scored Tyrone's first goal as the Red Hands dominated their opponents
Super 8s: Roscommon 2-12 Tyrone 4-24
Roscommon scorers: F Cregg 0-1, D Murtagh 0-5, C Murtagh 1-3, E Smith 1-0, C Devaney 0-1, P Kelly 0-1, C Daly 0-1
Tyrone scorers: N Sludden 1-2, R Donnelly 1-4, C McAliskey 0-4, T McCann 0-1, C Meyler 1-1, C McShane 0-2, M McKernan 0-1, R McNamee 0-1, P Harte 1-3, D McClure 0-1, M Bradley 0-2, M Donnelly 0-1, R Brennan 0-1

Tyrone made light work of Roscommon as they claimed a huge 18 point victory in the opening game of the Super 8s.

The instrumental Niall Sludden scored the Red Hands' first goal before Conor Meyler, Peter Harte and Richie Donnelly found the back of the net in the second half.

Roscommon failed to replicate the form which led them to promotion from Division Two and a Connacht final.

Tyrone welcome Dublin to Healy Park next Saturday.

After a quarter-final exit from the Ulster Championship and an extra-time win in the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers, Tyrone have improved as the summer has progressed.

Their performance in Dublin against Roscommon was, by a considerable distance, their most impressive of the season so far.

We have to believe - Harte

Key differences in turnovers and accuracy

After a positive start the Rossies soon struggled to create scoring opportunities as Tyrone dropped plenty of bodies back behind their 45.

Where against Armagh last week Roscommon had greatly profited from angled support running off the shoulder, their players became isolated and smothered by the Tyrone defence all too often at Croke Park.

At the other end scores were coming easily for Mickey Harte's side whose impressive tally was aided by scoring off nearly 80% of their attempts.

Mattie Donnelly and Sludden provided runners willing to take contact and it was not long before the latter scored the game's opening goal having intercepted Enda Smith's mishit cross-field ball.

We couldn't live with Tyrone - McStay

Dangerman Smith nullified

Smith's goal soon after half-time, which briefly sparked hopes of a Roscommon comeback having reduced the gap to five, was the only contribution of note from a player who has perhaps been the Rosseis' most important cog this season.

The Boyle clubman's return of 2-1 against Armagh in the final round of qualifiers underpinned his value to Kevin McStay's side but he was kept uncharacteristically quiet at Croke Park.

The midfielder received the undivided attention of Meyler in the first half and was unable to exert any of his usual considerable influence.

Meyler also profited at the other end when he received Cathal McShane's pass in acres of space before coolly slotting beyond Colm Lavin.

Enda Smith
Enda Smith was well marshalled throughout the game at Croke Park

Indeed Smith's most telling contribution other than his goal was bringing down Hugh Pat McGeary for the penalty which Harte duly converted.

Ciaran Murtagh pounced on a loose ball to add three more points to Roscommon's tally but by that stage the game was long over as a contest.

Of Tyrone's total of 36 points, contributed by 13 different scorers, just one came from the boot of Mattie Donnelly.

However the Trillick man was heavily influential throughout and passed up the opportunity to add to his tally late on as he teed up his brother Richie to fist into the net for the final goal of the game.

Tyrone's final Super 8s game will be against Ulster champions Donegal in Ballybofey.

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