Tyrone U17 Grade 3 Minor League Final Moy 1-17 Moortown 1-13
A greater efficiency in front of the posts helped Moy to four point victory over Moortown in Stewartstown on Thursday evening. While Moy deserved the win Moortown will be disappointed that they didn’t take the chances that they were presented with.
The excellent Matthew Hurl opened the scoring in the 2nd minute playing but Moy soon grabbed control of the game with the breeze at their backs. Ben Conroy clipped over three points in the row in the 2nd, 4th and 5th minute to ease them two ahead but that lead was short lived. A superb Jack Quinn run resulted in a fist pass to Matthew Hurl who slipped the ball beyond Moy goalkeeper Ryan McCance. Moortown ahead by a point.
Moy centred half forward Eoin McGeary responded with two points from play either side of a nice point from another McGeary, this time Patrick splitting the posts from play. Moortown stuck to their task and midfielder Matthew Conlon reduced the gap to the bare minimum at the first water break.
Moy dominated the 2nd quarter hitting Moortown for seven points with the loughshore men managing only three in response. Full forward Ryan Lavery hit the first three points and Ben Conroy a fourth before Moortown could reply. That came through an excellent 44 metre free from Matthew Hurl. Moy got a grip of the midfield area through the efforts of Isaac Baird and it was a pass from him that set up the next score for Liam McGeary.
With four minutes to go until the break Dara McNally clipped over a point but Moy struck back immediately in the shape of Ben Conroy. The half finished with a point apiece for Moy’s Eoin McGeary and Moortown’s Liam Lawn.
Half Time – Moy 1-14 Moortown 1-6
Tomas and Matthew Hurl opened the scoring for the St Malachy’s men after the break before Moy register their first score of the second half in the 40th minute. That score coming from the boot of Eoin McGeary from a free. Moortown had the gap reduced to just four points by the 47th minute as Matthew Hurl, Liam Lawn and Tomas Hurl found their range.
Eoin McGeary eased Tir na nOg nerves with another free but to restore the gap to five but that lead was short lived. Another two points from Jack Quinn and Matthew Hurl left just a kick of the ball between the two sides. Moortown goalkeeper Rian Smith pulled off an incredible save with five minutes left in the game. The Moortown number one diving across to his left at full stretch to deny a Moy major.
Moortown had their chances to goal a few minutes later but the chance went astray and Moy punished them in ruthless fashion. First Ben Conroy split the posts and then Liam McGeary turned the ball into the Moortown net. The final score of the game came from the boot of Moortown goalkeeper Smith. He landed a 45.