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Tyrone Minors Make It A Double Quarter Final Win.

Monday 05.08.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone edged out Kerry 0-17 to 1-12 after extra-time in their All-Ireland MFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park. In spite of being two men down Tyrone showed great character to come from behind in this absorbing All Ireland minor quarter final with Kerry. The Red Hands had Chris Morris and team captain Ruairi McGlone sent off in the second half but they rallied to hit the last two points of normal time to force the game into overtime.
Back to a full quota of players Tyrone moved three ahead before Kerry fought back to level but despite missing a penalty, Tyrone hit the last two points to take the victory.
Those vital late points came from a superb ’45 from substitute Tiarnan Donnelly and another fine score from centre half-forward Conor McKenna.
Tyrone went into this game as underdogs with question marks over their character following their Ulster final collapse against Monaghan. However they showed considerable mental strength in the opening half to reach the break 0-9 to 1-4 up. The game appeared to change with the two sendings off and Kerry looked destined for victory.
Centre half-back Morris was sent off following a second yellow card while captain McGlone was then dismissed in the closing minutes of the contest after a tussle with a Kerry player.
However Stephen McGrath’s fine point deep in injury time levelled the game after Trillick’s Lee Brennan had earlier cut Kerry’s lead to a single point.
Kerry looked jaded in the opening period of extra time as Tyrone, playing again with fifteen moved three ahead with Ronan Nugent, Philip Donnelly and McGrath on target.
The Munster champions cut Tyrone’s lead to one by the end of the first period of extra time before another point from their ace forward Jack Savage levelled the contest. However Tyrone were not to be denied and those late points by sub Donnelly and McKenna sealed Tyrone’s win and put the heartache of their provincial final defeat behind them.

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