Tyrone’s pursuit of a 13th Ulster U21 title came up just short at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Wednesday night when Monaghan emerged worthy 0-13 to 0-11 winners. The holders dominated early on but a Shea Hamill point was all that they had to show for their efforts as Monaghan keeper Conor Forde pulled off a brilliant double save from Sean Fox in the 6th minute. Barry McGinn, Conor McCarthy and Fearghal McMahon exchanged points with Cathal McShane and Lee Brennan as the holders greeted the short whistle 0-7 to 0-6 in front. In that first half the superb Brennan landed five points including a sublime side line ball with the outside of his boot.
In the opening eight minutes of the second half though Monaghan turned things around to lead by three with McGinn unerring from frees. Cillian McCann ventured forward to point for a much needed Tyrone score but with time running out they still trailed. Mark Kavanagh and David Mulgrew helped cut the gap to the minimum as Tyrone exerted late pressure but Monaghan held on with Adam Treanor notching the insurance point in injury time.