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Tyrone Surrender Minor League Title

Saturday 20.04.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone minors suffered a 3-14 to 1-16 defeat against a very talented Monaghan side at Healy Park this afternoon and in so doing surrendered their Ulster League title. The visitors were quick out of the traps and hit the nit within fifteen seconds of the start through Conor Mc Carthy. Monaghan showed their intent throughout an entertaining first half and Tyrone struggled to cope with the pace and movement of the Farney inside forwards all afternoon. Adam Treanor and Ryan Mc Anespie controlled the game for long periods with their ability to win break ball and drive forward at speed. Team captain Mc Anespie was involved in many of Monaghan’s best moves and palmed the ball to the net in the 21st minute to put his side 2-4 to 0-7 in front.

Tyrone rallied before the break to draw the game level two minutes before the half time whistle with two super points from Ruairi Mc Gloin. However Monaghan pair Mc Carthy and Mc Mahon landed late points to make sure their side went into the break leading 2-7 to 0-11.  Tyrone knew they were in for a battle as they were playing into a strong breeze in the second half.

Mickey Donnelly’s side began the second half well and a goal from Michael Lynn in the fourth minute was just reward for their fast paced start. Tyrone moved two points ahead following a good point from Christopher Morris but Monaghan weathered the storm and Treanor and Mc Anespie led the fightback once more. A point from full forward Mc Mahon put Monaghan 2-13 to 1-13 ahead but with five minutes remaining Tyrone hit something of a purple patch with three great scores to draw level. The game was very much in the melting pot when a high ball into the Tyrone defence was punched to the net by Mc Carthy to decide the outcome of the game with Monaghan as deserving winners. Micky Donnelly and his team will now turn their full focus on preparing for their championship clash with Donegal in Ballybofey.

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