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Donaghmore Record Three in a Row

Sunday 25.02.2024
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone Minor Football Championship Final 2023
Donaghmore 1-15 Cookstown 1-7

A commanding final quarter from Donaghmore ensured that they would complete a hat trick of minor titles at the expense of a Cookstown who were right in the contest at the three quarter mark. The holders used all their experience to navigate the game and finished with a flourish scoring seven unanswered points in the final ten minutes.

Donaghmore started the game brightly with early points from Conor O’Neill after seventeen seconds and a Ronan Molloy point. Despite showing signs of nerves Cookstown almost got the game’s first goal in the 7th minute Conan McGarvey pushing Lorcan McMurray’s shot around the post. Michael McElhatton converted the resultant 45. A brace of points from Aodhan Molloy increased Donaghmore’s advantage with McMurray responding for Cookstown. From the kick out Donaghmore secured possession, Conor O’Neill who had drifted inside expertly caught the long delivery and fed Joe Kelly who finished to the net.

Cookstown received a lifeline in the 15th minute when keeper Conan McGarvey gave away a penalty for a push, McElhatton calmly rolled the ball in and this fired Cookstown into life. They were dominant in the midfield sector and brought the game level with frees from McMurray and McElhatton. A Conor O’Neill free edged Donaghmore back in front before Cookstown squandered a second goal scoring chance, McGarvey redeeming himself with a free stop to save from Karol McGuigan just before half time Cookstown remained in the ascendancy and defender Michael Lennon fired over after an excellent passage of play to tie things up at the short whistle, 1-5 1-5.

Cookstown had hoped to maintain their tempo , with the slight breexe behind them but once again, man of the match O’Neill opened the scoring, Noah Grimes doubled the advantage before Conall Sheehy drove through the middle to fire over for the Fr Rocks. An excellent point from Conall Herron was matched by a quality McMurray point as the game entered it’s final quarter, this proved to be Cookstown’s final score.

Noah Grimes kicked a mark before Caolan Quinn got on the scoresheet, before Grimes who had a great battle with Luke Neeson took the game away from Cookstown with a further point. Frees from O’Neill and McGarvey and points from substitutes Larry Shields and Ultan Quinn in injury time ensured victory with an impressive finale.

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