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Historic Day For Tyrone Hurling

Saturday 04.04.2015
Team Talk Mag
Club


The Tyrone hurling fraternity enjoyed one of their most successful days ever with a minor and senior league double on Saturday afternoon deep in County Armagh.

The minors accounted for Cavan at Middleton on a 3-22 to 1-12 scoreline with their goals coming from Lorcan Devlin (2) and Ciaran Mc Nulty. Tyrone were on top right from the off and led at the break 2-16 to 0-6. Although Cavan did mount something of a spirited comeback late in the game a brace of 65 metre frees from the stick of Peadar Daly helped snuff out any chance of a shock Breffni revival.

The action then switched a few miles up the road to Keady where a large crowd had gathered on a fine Spring afternoon. Table toppers Tyrone and Monaghan clashed to decide which county would become outright Division 3A league winners. The sides had played out an entertaining draw in the opening fixture of the league and this one was also expected to be close.

With wind and slope advantage Monaghan made the better start and opened up an early four point lead. However as Tyrone gradually adjusted to the pitch conditions they had the sides level by the twenty third minute with points from Damien Casey (2), Gerard Gilmore and Conor Grogan.

Monaghan full forward Stephen Lambe was proving quite a handful and had his side back in front just on the half hour. However Tyrone responded positively with a fine score from Mark Winters before Damien Casey had a 33rd penalty well saved by Monaghan keeper Kieran Hannify. The Eoghan Ruadh ace however ensured Tyrone went in at the break in front with his third score of the opening period just before the referee blew for half time.

Justin Kelly and Casey (2) had scores for Tyrone to extend their lead to four points inside the opening three minutes of the second half. Monaghan however refused to give up and with ace free taker Ronan Meegan in fine form and Stephen Lambe putting himself about the Farney county were level again on 42 minutes.

The teams swapped scores before Mattie Lennon’s side appeared to push for home with three fine scores in a row from Mark Winters, Gerard Gilmore and that man Casey. Meegan landed another free for Monaghan but Tyrone had the bit between their teeth and with Dermot Begley and Mike O’Gorman solid in defence and Justin and Aidan Kelly outstanding in the middle they added five further points to seal the win, lift the title and remain undefeated in competitive hurling for the second year in a row.

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Next up for the Red Hands is a final promotion play-off next weekend against Donegal for a place in Division 2B of the Allianz National League. The Tyrone management will be hoping to lift their players for one final push.

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