A RECORD 23rd Ulster Minor title for Tyrone means that they will now be progressing to the All-Ireland stage in confident mood of prolonging a memorable season to the later stages of the All-Ireland.
It was another performance brimming with calm composure which saw the young Red Hands defeat Monaghan with three points to spare in the curtain-raiser at Clones on Sunday.
Now they are preparing to meet the defeated Leinster finalists Meath in the quarter final next month.
For team manager, Mickey Donnelly, the win also erased the disappointment of failing in the quest last year. He was also understandably full of praise for the young players for whom the joy of provincial success is very much a new experience.
“These young players are adults in name only and they proved today that they play football like men. This win means a lot for the players and for us in the management team,” he said.
“We had to dig deep in the stages when Monaghan were putting on the pressure. Daniel McNulty came on for us and made a difference around midfield, while the other subs and the whole team put in a huge effort.”