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Tyrone U15s Capture Ulster Title

Saturday 17.08.2019
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone U15s collected the Brian McLernon Cup on Saturday afternoon following a five point victory over Monaghan. The margin of victory in no way flattered the Red Hands who will feel that they should have won the game by much more than they did. Nonetheless the victory marks Tyrone’s first in a competition now into its second year and one that honours a man who worked tirelessly for the promotion of the games through some of the darkest days in Ulster’s history.

Played in blustery conditions on an excellent surface it was Monaghan that made the most of the wind advantage leading the contest at the half time break 0-7 to 0-4. The Red Hands opened the scoring in the 5th minute through a Patrick McCann free from close range and that score was responded to within three minutes as Andrew McCaughey clipped over one from open play. Conor Owens had Tyrone back in front in the 9th minute but that score was responded to quickly as McCaughey found the range once again and his point was followed up by two further Monaghan points Ryan Nolan and Niall Rice.

Killyclogher man Caolan O’Hagan stopped the Monaghan scoring in the 20th minute to reduce the gap to a point but Monaghan would finish the half with three further points thanks to a Dylan O’Reilly 45 and two points from play for Dara McKenna and Cian Burns. Tyrone did manage a fourth point of the half as Gavin Potter registered after coming on as a sub. Half Time : Tyrone 0-4 Monaghan 0-7.

Within ten minutes of the restart the Red Hands asserted their authority and gained control of the game. Conor Owen’s opened the scoring with a free in the 36th minute and that score was backed up by a Patrick McCann penalty kick which managed to squeeze into the net. Carrickmore’s Daithi McCallan hit Tyrone’s next point in the 39th minute to put Tyrone 1-6 to 0-7 ahead before Monaghan managed the level the contest through a Fionnan Carolan point from play and a Ryan Nolan free.

Tyrone might well have found the net for the second time in the 44th minute but Daithi McCallan’s shot smashed off the post. Coalan O’Hagan and Hugh J Cunningham got the scoreboard moving again for Tyrone only to see Ryan Nolan reduce the gap back to one with six minutes to go. That point would prove to be Monaghan’s last. Cunningham floated over his second in the 56th minute before the excellent Michael Forbes landed a 45 for Tyrone. Tyrone powered away at the end for a deserved victory with O’Hagan and Cunningham getting late points to secure the win.

Final Score : Tyrone 1-12 Monaghan 0-10

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