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Tyrone Minors Make Ulster Final

Sunday 23.06.2013
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone made light of the underdogs tag this afternoon to defeat Down by five points in their Ulster semi final clash at Kingspan Breffni Park on a score line of 1-12 to 0-10. Micky Donnelly’s young side played into the elements in the first half and managed to restrict the much fancied Mourne County to six points in an entertaining opening thirty minutes. Conditions made life difficult for both sides with a strong wind and frequent showers making fielding and handling virtually impossible at times. This resulted in frequent soft turnovers and spurned chances as opportunities for scores were missed.

Trillick pair Daire Gallagher and Lee Brennan put Tyrone two up after ten minutes but Down were level by the thirteenth minute and the favourites reached the break leading 0-6 to 0-5 with Tyrone’s three other points coming from team captain Ruairi Mc Glone and Daire Gallagher(0-2). Indeed Gallagher will feel he should have had a penalty following a dangerous challenge on him just before the break. Defensively Tyrone looked solid with Morris, Hamill, Quinn and Frank Burns putting in strong first half displays. Their industry and endeavour ensured the Red Hands were well in the game at the break only trailing by a single point.

It took both teams a while to settle into the second half but Tyrone hit a purple patch between the seventh and ninth minutes to move three ahead. Down however showed considerable resilience to reduce the gap to a single point midway through the half. Tyrone freshened things up with Stephen Mc Grath, Che O’Donnell and Rian Mc Hugh coming in. All three made sizable contributions and Mc Grath’s goal on twenty seven minutes with Tyrone leading by three sealed the win for Micky Donnelly’s team and a place in next month’s Ulster final.

On a day when hard work and never say die attitude were key, the timing and placing of the second half changes by the management made a significant contribution to the win. Mc Grath, Mc Hugh and O’Donnell in particular showed they are up to the task when required. The management team can now begin to plan for another Ulster final and will be keen to show that they are not prepared to give up their provincial crown without a real battle.

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