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Cappagh Win Minor Title

Saturday 21.09.2019
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone Grade 1 Minor Championship Final
Cappagh 2-12 Eglish 1-9

A superb second half display at Loughmacrory on Saturday afternoon saw Cappagh come from behind to deservedly claim the grade one minor championship title at the expense of Eglish.

Eglish had the wind at their backs in the first half but while they were full value for their four point interval lead it didn’t look to be enough and that was how it panned out. Michael McGleenan [2], Luke Donnelly and Ryan Donnelly had Eglish points with Michael Rafferty on target for Killyclogher to leave it 0-4 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter. In the 16th minute Eglish looked to be in complete control when Donnelly turned two defenders before blasting the ball to the top right hand corner of the net.

The same player added a point but in the 19th minute Cappagh were right back in the contest when full forward Mark Hayes showed great strength to burst through and fire low to the net. Enda O’Donnell and Luke Donnelly tagged on points as Eglish moved six clear but crucially Cappagh had the final say of the opening period through Brendan Quinn and Odhran McGettigan to leave it 1-7 to 1-3 at the break.

Within ten seconds of the restart Hayes had opened the second half scoring and in the 33rd minute it was all square when Quinn grabbed an opportunist goal. A strong run from McGleenan was matched by a superb finish to put Eglish back in front but the rest of the game belonged to the winners as they restricted their opponents to a single point.

Hayes levelled matters while at the other end of the field the Cappagh defence snuffed out the Eglish attack. In the 48th minute Caolan O’Hagan gave Cappagh a lead that they were never to lose and that was quickly followed by another score from Hayes. It was all Cappagh at this stage and Joe McGurk landed two wonderful points from out on the wing before O’Hagan got another brace. Keeper Oran Grimes then landed a long range free and while Eglish had the final say through Stephen Muldoon it was all over by that stage as Cappagh took the silverware.

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