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Tyrone Ease Into Last Four

Wednesday 10.04.2024
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone 5-20 Monaghan 0-8

Tyrone experienced little difficulty in booking their place in the semi finals of the Ulster U20 Championship when they eased past Monaghan at Father Campbell Park in Coalisland on Wednesday evening.


The visitors may have had a number of regulars missing as they were destined to be involved in a quarter final but at the end of the day you can only beat what is put in front of you and the Red Hands ruthlessly put their opponents to the sword. On the night Tyrone had fourteen different marksmen with their strength in depth also showing as the bench contributed 1-7 to the final tally. There is a chance that these two sides could meet again in the semi final and no doubt that would be a totally different game but they have two weeks to prepare for that one.


It was Monaghan who opened the scoring after only thirty seconds through wing half back Nicky Sherlock and after Eoin McElholm had levelled matters with a great score Dara McKenna put Monaghan back in front. That was as good as it got for them as Tyrone dominated from there until the final whistle. Conor Owens, Gavin Potter and McElholm all landed quality scores with Ronan Cassidy converting a free before Potter supplied the pass for defender Odhran Brolly to rifle the all to the roof of the net at the end of the opening quarter.


Kian Duffy responded with a converted free for Monaghan but that proved to be their last score of the opening period. McElholm kicked a third point before Shea O’Hare beat keeper Oran Finnegan to the ball to loft it over to the back post to Conor O’Neill who set up Cormac Devlin for a goal. Team Captain Michael Rafferty then charged through to fist a point with midfielder Ronan Fox then getting in on the act before a sweeping move saw McElholm fist to the net from close range in injury time to leave it 3-8 to 0-3 at the break.


Duffy and Cassidy exchanged points on the restart before O’Neill landed a beauty from distance. Potter tagged on another point before halftime substitute Ruairi McCullagh scored 1-2 in two minutes. Luke McManus converted a Monaghan free while McKenna knocked over a “45” but it was a damage limitation exercise. Cassidy and substitutes Paddy McCann, Ronan Donnelly and Noah Grimes all registered before Rafferty bagged goal number five. Duffy got a Monaghan brace with O’Hare having Tyrone’s final score. It was a case of job done but from here on in the championship is only starting as it is now a straight knockout.


Tyrone scorers – Eoin McElholm 1-3, Ruairi McCullagh 1-3 (1M), Michael Rafferty 1-1, Ronan Cassidy 0-3 (1F), Cormac Devlin 1-0, Odhran Brolly 1-0, Paddy McCann 0-2, Gavin Potter 0-2, Shea O’Hare 0-1, Conor Owens 0-1, Ronan Fox 0-1, Conor O’Neill 0-1, Noah Grimes 0-1, Ronan Donnelly 0-1


Monaghan scorers – Kian Duffy 0-4 (3F), Dara McKenna 0-2 (1”45”), Nicky Sherlock 0-1, Luke McManus 0-1 (F)




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