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Tyrone Win Cremartin Cup
Tyrone 2-12, Monaghan 0-10.
A hungrier, slicker Tyrone proved too good for Monaghan in this
highly entertaining Shamrock Cup final that was played under lights
in Emyvale this evening.
Tyrone made a lively start with the opening point by Ronan O’Neill from a
free in the 2nd minute with John McCullagh putting them two up after five
minutes. Monaghan opened their account in the 8th
minute through Kevin Mooney but by the time they registered their second
point in the 23rd minute Tyrone had added 1-3 without reply between the 9th
and 19th minutes, Niall McKenna finishing for the goal in the 16th minute
when Monaghan failed to clear their lines after a good effort by John
McCullagh broke loose. Monaghan pulled back
points through Daniel McKenna and Christopher McGuinness but Tyrone
finished the half strongly to go in nine points ahead at the break thanks to
an excellent point by Peter Harte and a second goal by Diarmuid McNulty
after good approach work by Paddy McNeice and Mattie Donnelly. At half time
Tyrone led Monaghan 2-6 to 0-3.
Monaghan improved in the second half with two quick points but Tyrone were soon
back in control and by the 10th minute had extended their lead to ten points
thanks to Ronan O’Neill, free, Mattie Donnelly and Paddy McNeice also a
free as all six forwards registered on the scoresheet. Monaghan to
their credit continued to battle but they could find no way
through the tight Tyrone defence. They did pull back three points between the
13th and 17th minutes, two from frees by substitute Jack McCarron and one by
Kieran Duffy but they now needed goals if they were to have
any chance of turning it around. They did create a few chances but stout
defensive work again limited their options with Tyrone hitting two points
on counter attacks from Paddy McNeice and John McCullagh to leave
Monaghan facing a ten points deficit with five minutes of normal time
remaining. Monaghan did pull back two further points from frees by Daniel McKenna
and Jack McCarron but Tyrone had done enough earlier to record a deserved
Teams and Scorers: Tyrone: Niall Morgan, Finbarr McQuaid, Sean Warnock,
Michael Slane, Kevin Mossey, Ryan Pickering, Stephen McKenna, Niall McKenna
1-0, Ruairi Keenan, Paddy McNeice 0-2, Peter Harte 0-3, Diarmuid McNulty
1-0, Ronan O’Neill 0-4 (3f), Sean McCullagh 0-2 (1f), Mattie Donnelly 0-1.
Subs: Niall Gavin for R O’Neill, Ronan McNamee for R Keenan, Shea McGuigan
for K Mossey, Caolan Daly for M Donnelly, Aaron McCarney for P McNeice.