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Gallagher proud of Tyrone Junior players

Ben Gallagher scoring against Derry

DESPITE a 5-0 defeat to Armagh at the Warren, Portstewart on the final day, Tyrone Junior manager Martin Gallagher was proud of the efforts of his players at last week’s SuperCupNI.
 
Victories over New Zealanders MS Select and Co Derry meant the county under-15s missed out on qualifying for the main competition by a solitary point.
 
They also had a near miss in the second tier Globe semi-final when Gallagher’s battling team conceded eight minutes from time in losing 1-0 to Chivas Guadalajara. That meant the young Red Hands missed out on a glamour tie against Manchester United.
 
Mind you by then Gallagher’s young guns were running on empty.
 
“We had two players suspended (Matthew T Smith and Conor Williamson) and four carrying injuries so that left me with 12 fit players against Chivas,” said the Sion Swifts coach.
 
“It was a game in which no quarter was given or taken. Chivas were a good side but we gave them their fill of it.”
 
Tyrone recovered from a opening 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Scroggy Road, Limavady to defeat MS Select 5-0 at Castlerock. 
 
On Wednesday a Ben Gallagher goal put Tyrone in the driving seat against Derry, who piled on the pressure in the second half after Conor Williamson was red carded.
 
The exertions of the week though eventually caught up with Gallagher’s boys with the defeats against Guadalajara and Armagh leaving the county youngsters finishing eight in the final rankings.
 
All things considered that was a decent return and Gallagher was reasonably happy with his lot.
 
“The boys did the county proud. You can’t complain when a county team finishes in the top eight,” he continued.
 
“I’d write off the final game to be honest. 
 
“The game meant nothing, there was little at stake and the players were already winding down.
 
“But the four days previous the players did extremely well and with a little bit of luck cold have finished even higher.
 
“From a personal point of view it was my first experience and I enjoyed it immensely up until the final day.
 
“I’m looking forward to doing it all over next year again and I think the squad will get stronger.”

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