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Tyrone Lift U21 All Ireland

Saturday 02.05.2015
Team Talk Mag
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AdvertiseHPTyrone 1-11 Tipperary 0-13

Tyrone won their first All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship title in fourteen years following a hard fought and narrow 1-11 to 0-13 victory over Tipperary at Parnell Park on Saturday.

Owen Roes star Cathal McShane’s second half goal proved the key score for a Red Hand side that trailed for most of what turned out to be a compelling game of football.

Tipperary came into this game on the back of fine wins over Cork and Dublin and were fancied by many to add Tyrone to the list of vanquished counties

Their ability to move the ball accurately and at pace had the Ulster lads in bother from early on.

Kevin O’Halloran and Ian Fahey landed early points, but Tyrone levelled through Mark Bradley and Conor Meyler.

By the end of the opening quarter Tipperary were 0-3 to 0-2 ahead and extended their lead to three when O’Halloran added a brace.

Bradley and corner back Michael Cassidy kept the Red Hands in touch, but they reached the break trailing by two 0-7 to 0-5.

As a result of a medical emergency the start to the second half was delayed but Tyrone appeared to have come to terms with their opponents and drew level through a Lee Brennan score in the 37th minute.

The Munster Champions maintained their composure and responded with scores from O’Halloran and Josh Keane. Tyrone really needed a goal to get them going and it came in the 47th minute. A brilliant strike from McShane lifted the team and the supporters and gave the Ulster champions the lead for the first time.

Danny McNulty and Mark Kavanagh scored two super points for a three points lead but Tipp refused to surrender and they pushed the Ulster men all the way. The pressure mounted and Fergal Logan’s side survived a late flourish which produced two scores from the excellent Colin O’Riordan to claim the county’s first U-21 National Title since 2001.

Tyrone scorers: C McShane 1-0, D McNulty 0-3 (3f), L Brennan (2f), M Bradley, M Kavanagh 0-2 each, C Meyler, M Cassidy 0-1 each.

Tipperary scorers: K O’Halloran 0-6 (5f), J Keane 0-3 (1f), C O’Riordan 0-2 (1f), B Maher, I Fahey 0-1 each.

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