The Co.Tyrone junior side got their 2019 SuperCupNI campaign off to a brilliant start with a well-deserved victory over tournament debutants Bracknell Town.
Tyrone applied the pressure early on and should have taken the lead in the opening minutes of the game, Darragh Stewart being presented with a free header that he will feel he should have done better with.
The County side’s next opportunity of the half would come in the 8th minute, Liam Corr striking the post from a tight angle following a great marauding run from Michael Forbes, who impressed throughout.
Just seconds later Tyrone would see another chance go begging, Lukas Crozier’s header cleared off the line.
Bracknell stopper Jack Sharp was called into significant action for the first time in the 13th minute, producing two brilliant saves in quick succession to deny first Michael Forbes from long range and then reacting superbly to Patrick Lynch’s header just moments later.
Minutes later Sharp would be called into action once more, denying Lynch once more following a brilliant ball over the top from Liam Corr.
Bracknell produced their first noteworthy shot off the game right at the end of the half, a great through ball by Oliver Graham creating a one-on-one situation for Charlie Deakin, who saw his shot well saved by Tyrone Keeper McHugh.
HT: Co.Tyrone 0-0 Bracknell Town FC
Tyrone finally got the goal they deserved at the start of the second half, Cameron Crook scrambling in from close range following a fumble from the unfortunate Sharp, who had proved the difference between the two sides in the first half.
As in the first half, Tyrone dominated possession, but struggled to create any clear-cut chances. Bracknell offered little in terms of attacking threat, Charlie Deakin’s tame shot in the 55th minute proving to be their only sight of goal.
The men in red finally sealed the game in stoppage time, Crook grabbing his and Tyrone’s second with a deft chip over Sharp who had been left exposed at the back as Bracknell pushed for an equaliser.
Tyrone’s victory will give them a great confidence boost going into their tough second day clash against Manchester United, whilst Bracknell must recover quickly ahead of their tie with Rangers.
FT: Co.Tyrone 2 – 0 Bracknell Town FC
Co.Tyrone: 19. Ruaira McHugh, 2. Steven Scott, 3. Sean O’Hare, 5. Callan Devlin, 6. Michael Forbes, 8. Padraig Lynch, 9. Lukas Crozier, 11. Liam Corr, 15. Jamie Donnell, 16. Ben Kelly, 17. Darragh Stewart
Bracknell Town FC: 22. Jack Sharp, 3. Ben Drake, 4. Kai Hobbs, 5. Alex Gleeson, 6. Evan Delaney, 7. Archie Johnston, 10. Oliver Graham, 11. Charlie Deakin, 15. Jude Steinbourn-Busse, 16. Jack Penton, 17. Mason Slade