TYRONE Under-17s turned in a superb display at Kingspan Breffni Park on Sunday, as they put Cavan to the sword in the very first Ulster Championsip Final at this grade.
The Red Hands capped an impressive provincial campaign with a blistering performance, goals from Cormac Donaghy, Tómas Hoy and sub Michael Conroy putting the seal on an emphatic seventeen point triumph.
On a blustery afternoon it was Cavan who looked to make an immediate statement of intent as straight from the throw-in midfielder Dylan Molloy, drove up the centre and popped over a terrific score.
Darragh Canavan latched onto a Murnaghan pass to level matters and just after Ethan Jordan blasted a great goal chance off target, Hoy was twice on target. Then in the 13th minute Ethan Jordan foraged up the middle before teeing up Cormac Donaghy for a skilful fisted finish to the net.
Pointed frees from Jordan and keeper Lorcan Quinn widened the gap further and just before the break, Tyrone swooped for a decisive second goal. Miller set up his Killeeshil clubmate Hoy for a precise finish low in at the near post. (Half-time Tyrone 2-5 Cavan 0-3)
Donaghy maintained the one sided nature of the tie on the restart with a sublime finish, and though Patrick Lynch replied with a few pointed frees, Cavan looked like a side shorn of belief.
Donaghy thundered over two beauties, and corner back Antoin Fox also got in on the scoring spree.
Tyrone rung the changes in the closing stages and sub Michael Conroy with his first touch drilled to the net in the 53rd minute, after a rapier counter-attack.
The deluge of late scores matched the heavy rainfall in the closing stages with Conroy (two) and Canavan adding to their account, as the newly crowned Ulster champions finished with something of a swagger.
Patrick Lynch (0-3,3 frees), Ben Smith, Dylan Molloy, Seanie Keogan (0-1 each).
Cormac Donaghy (1-3), Michael Conroy (1-2), Tómas Hoy (1-2), Darragh Canavan (0-2), Matthew Murnaghan, Antoin Fox, Nathan Connolly (0-1 each), Ethan Jordan, Lorcan Quinn (0-1 each, free).