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Tyrone suffer second defeat in Cremartin Cup
Tyrone under-21s succumbed to their second defeat in three Cremartin Cup outings when they lost by three points to Monaghan on Saturday. After losing to Ulster championship opponents Down in their previous outing, the Red Hands have now bowed out of the competition for 2011 and will now focus on that eagerly awaited championship opener against the Mourne County on Wednesday 16th March.
Raymond Munroe’s side, backboned by All-Ireland minor winners from 2008 and 2010, went down to the Farney men on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10. The Tyrone goal was scored by Diarmuid McNulty who, along with his Gortin clubmate Kevin Mossey, was one of Tyrone’s better performers on the day. McNulty also contributed a point, with John McCullagh (three), Mattie Donnelly (two), Ronan O’Neill, Richard Donnelly, Brian McGarvey and half back Niall Sludden also on target for the Red Hands.
Tyrone began the match with a midfield pairing of Sean Warnock and Ruairi Keenan and a defensive unit of goalkeeper Niall Morgan, Ryan Pickering, Ronan McNamee, Mickey Slane, Niall Sludden, Kevin Mossey and Tiernan McCann.
All six starting forwards scored for Tyrone, including half forwards McGarvey, McNulty and Richard Donnelly, and the full forward line of McCullagh, Mattie Donnelly and O’Neill.