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Tyrone Outshine Monaghan in U20s

Friday 25.05.2018
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone 0-17 Monaghan 2-8

Tyrone recovered from a poor start at Healy Park on Friday evening to deservedly book their place in the last four of the inaugural Ulster U20 championship.

The home side were on the back foot from the off as they conceded two goals and trailed by five points at the break but they produced a superb second half display to outscore their opponents 0-12 to 0-4 and set up a semi final meeting with Armagh. On the night the Red Hands kicked thirteen wides to their opponents four while they also dropped half a dozen efforts short into the arms of Monaghan keeper Jack Kirk. While they have plenty to work on there is no doubt this victory will give Paul Devlin, his players and the whole management team a major boost.

The game was only fifty five seconds old when the visitors carved open the home defence for David Garland to palm to the net. Centre half back Frank Connolly added a point before Dean McDonnell fired low to the net in the 6th minute following a surging 70m run for a 2-1 to 0-1 advantage. Paul Donaghy opened Tyrone’s account in the 8th minute and the Edendork clubman quickly added another brace as well.

Wind assisted Monaghan replied from a Garland free but that score was quickly cancelled out at the other end of the field with a fine effort from play from wing half back Cahir Goodwin. Michael Bannigan then landed a superb point from distance for Monaghan and that was followed up by one from Fergal Hanratty and while Tyrone had the final say of the half from a free from keeper Benny Gallen they trailed by double scores at the short whistle, 2-4 to 0-5.

It was Tyrone who were out of the blocks quickly for the second half with three outstanding long range points from play courtesy of Matthew McGleenan, Emmett McNabb and Ryan Gray. Bannigan opened Monaghan’s second half account with a free before they had a goal chance but Ryan Mohan’s first time shot went over the bar.

Tyrone though had upped the tempo with their defence beginning to get on top and Ruairi Gormley a real driving force in midfield. McGleenan drove just over the bar and when Donaghy turned sharply to split the posts as well the gap was down to 2-6 to 0-10 going into the final quarter. McNabb then cut the deficit with a terrific effort from out on the left wing but Monaghan came straight down the field for Conor Doyle to fist over and leave it a two point game again.

The home team though were still looking the stronger side and after substitute Peter Og McCartan had scored Donaghy levelled matters with nine minutes left on the clock. A poor kick out was seized on by substitute Tiernan Drayne who fisted a point and from that the winners never looked back. Donaghy and Drayne both fired over from distance and while Bannigan replied from a placed ball for Monaghan it was Tyrone’s night with Donaghy’s 6th of the evening concluding the scoring.

Tyrone – B Gallen [0-1, 1f], A Fox, C Quinn, M Murnaghan, M McKearney, R McCusker, C Goodwin [0-1], R Gormley, T Loughran, C Shields, E McNabb [0-3], R Gray [0-1], J Garrity, M McGleenan [0-2], P Donaghy [0-6, 3F]. Subs – P Og McCartan [0-1] for Murnaghan, T Drayne [0-2] for Loughran, D Jones for McNabb, C Grimes for McKearney, P Mullan for Quinn, J Campbell for Goodwin [black card]

Monaghan – J Kirk, R Mohan [0-1], C Lennon, D Connolly, C Doyle [0-1], F Connolly [0-1], D McConnell [1-0], L Og Murray, R O’Toole, D Hanley, M Bannigan [0-3, 2F], F Hanratty [0-1], C Leonard, D Garland [1-1, 1F], O McElligott. Subs – S Monaghan for McElligott, F Beggan for Hanley, C Burns for O’Toole

Referee – P Faloon, Down




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