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Tyrone Exit Minor Championship

Saturday 21.06.2014
Team Talk Mag
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A disappointing seven days for Tyrone came to an end on Saturday evening in Armagh when the county’s minor side lost out to Monaghan in the quarter final of the delayed Ulster Minor championship.

Mickey Donnelly and his players will regret the slow start they made to the game that saw them concede a goal and five points inside the opening sixteen minutes. Tyrone struggled to make any significant impact early on as Monaghan out fought and out thought the Red Hands all over the pitch moving into a seven point lead midway through the first half.

A Lee Brennan point from a free was Tyrone’s second score  of the day but early defensive frailties were further exposed by Monaghan who finished the first half with two more goals to reach the break leading 3-6 to 0-5 and with one foot in next weekend’s semi final.

Tyrone appeared to have a second half mountain to climb but sought about reducing the deficit straight away. Cormac O’Hagan, who was superb for his team in the second half, opened the scoring inside the first forty five seconds of the half. However Monaghan flooded men back into defence and looked well capable of containing the Tyrone threat.

Eventually the Red Hands gambled and moved Conor Mc Kenna to full forward and the momentum of the game swung. Suddenly Monaghan looked tired and Tyrone could sense the comeback was possible. Points from Brennan, O’Hagan, Mc Kenna and Mc Girr left only a single point between the teams. Sadly for Tyrone time ran out on them and a second successive one point championship defeat at the hands of Monaghan was the outcome.

Final score : Monaghan 3-8, Tyrone 0-16.

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