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Tyrone U20s Book Place In Ulster Final

Saturday 06.07.2019
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone 0-13 Cavan 0-9

Tyrone qualified for their first Ulster U20 final when they deservedly edged past a battling Cavan side at St.Tiernachs Park in Clones on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game that the Red Hands led from start to finish kicking the opening four points of the contest and that margin very much stayed between the sides throughout the game. It was a workmanlike display from Tyrone and their reward is a place in the final against a fancied Derry side next Sunday evening in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

It was Darragh Canavan who opened the scoring in the 4th minute when he skipped past a couple of challenges to hit a great score from an acute angle. Good work from Sean Og McAleer, who was a good target man throughout, saw him offload the ball for Liam Gray to double their advantage. Tiarnan Quinn then won a free which McAleer converted off the ground before it was 0-4 to 0-0 in the 24th minute after Canavan hit another fine score via the post following a sharp turn.

It took Cavan twenty four minutes to open their account when Patrick Lynch showed a good turn of speed before splitting the posts with his left boot. Tyrone lost midfielder Oran Mallon to a black card but moments later McAleer and Canavan combined for team Captain Ruairi Gormley to make it 0-5 to 0-1. Philip Rogers then got Cavan’s second point but it was Tyrone who had the final say of the half through a McAleer free with the last kick to leave it 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval.

A Lynch free opened the second half scoring before Cavan almost drew level in the 34th minute but a low shot from substitute Micheal Muldoon went just the wrong side of the right hand post. Canavan eased Tyrone four clear again after a layoff from McAleer but Cavan had upped the tempo and a Cormac O’Reilly effort from play was followed by a “45” from Lynch to leave it 0-7 to 0-5 by the 41st minute.

That was as good as it was to get for Cavan however as Tyrone were always in control. McAleer and James Garrity were involved in a move that was finished off by substitute Ethan Jordan before a free from Canavan put the winners four in front once again. Tyrone substitute Michael Conroy was then denied a goal by a superb save from Cavan keeper Gary O’Rourke.

Cavan centre half forward Cian Madden took a good point from distance but two points in a minute from Conroy, one from play and one from a free, left it 0-11 to 0-6. Full forward Lynch converted a brace of frees before Canavan teed up substitute Peter Og McCartan for a flicked point. Cavan wing half back Oisin Brady got forward to strike a good point but McCartan quickly cancelled that out. Deep in injury time Lynch crashed a shot off the crossbar as Tyrone deservedly advanced to the final.

Tyrone – Oran Grimes, Aidan Clark, Conor Quinn, Peadar Mullan, Conall Grimes, Antoin Fox, Conall Devlin, Ruairi Gormley (0-1), Oran Mallon, Liam Gray (0-1), Darragh Canavan (0-4, 1F), Mark McKearney, James Garrity, Sean Og McAleer (0-2, 2f), Tiarnan Quinn. Subs: Ethan Jordan (0-1) for Mallon (black card), Damien McGuigan for Grimes, Michael Conroy (0-2, 1F) for Gray, Peter Og McCartan (0-2) for Quinn, Ryan Jones for Devlin

Cavan – Gary O’Rourke, John Cooke, Patrick Meade, Danny Cusack, Oisin Brady (0-1), Cormac Timoney, Ben Smith, Ronan Patterson, Cormac Donohoe, Karl Cosgrove, Cian Madden (0-1), Philip Rogers (0-1), Cormac O’Reilly (0-1), Patrick Lynch (0-5, 3f, 1 “45”), Tiarnan Reilly. Subs: Micheal Muldoon for Cooke, Shane Duffy for Rogers, Karl Cosgrove for O’Reilly, James Smith for Patterson, Gareth Mannion for Reilly, Luke Molloy for Donohoe

Referee: Sean Laverty, Antrim

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