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Moortown Crowned Grade 1 Minor League Champions

Friday 15.08.2014
Team Talk Mag

Coalisland 3-7 Moortown 2-13

Moortown staged a sterling final quarter recovery to edge an entertaining Tyrone Grade One Minor League final clash against Coalisland, at Stewartstown this evening.

The sides shared the opening six points of the game before a Michael McKernan point on 15 minutes handed the Fianna a lead they held to the break. Sean Corr with a stunning point with the outside of the boot and, as the blues dominated, Corr rifled a low shot to the net for a 1-4 to 0-3 lead. Within seconds Eoghan Rankin should have bulged the onion bag again, but he elected to take his point before the St Malachys lifted the baton in superb fettle.

Corner back Eoin Kelly applied a tidy goal finish to a patient move on 27 minutes to end a frustrating passage of play from the Lough shore teenagers who had struggled to break down a disciplined and at times a very organised Fianna defence in which Conall Lyons, Eoghan Hampsey and Jack Fee excelled.

Coalisland led 1-6 to 1-4 at half time but within minutes of the restart Moortown had levelled the issue for a fifth time thanks to quick fire points from Conal McLernon and Shane McKeown.

Moortown were battling but two goals in the space of a minute from the excellent Corr and Michael McKernan looked like settling the verdict as Coalisland enjoyed a 3-6 to 1-6 advantage. Unfazed Moortown stuck doggedly to their task with Tiernan Corr, Jack McGuigan, and James Devlin instrumental in a sterling recovery that thwarted Coalisland’s title ambitions.

Conal McLernon, Devlin and substitute Tiernan Hurl reduced the deficit and as Moortown’s revival gathered momentum Connel McVey crashed the ball to the roof of the net to complete a length of the field move and a 2-11 to 3-6 lead. An O’Hagan free conversion closed the gap to a point, but it was Moortown, who demonstrated the greater composure to land the final two points of the contest to complete what they hope will be the first part of the league and championship double.



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