A FIRST ever All-Ireland success in the new U-17 grade provided some consolation for Tyrone supporters disappointed by the subsequent failure of the county’s seniors.
Victory over Roscommon in the first of the triple bill at Croke Park on Sunday highlighted the potential of the Red Hand teenagers who finished this historic campaign in style.
Now they will be aiming to maintain their progress at the new U-20 level in a number of years and eventually make their mark on the senior stage,
For the moment, though, they can take great pride in Sunday’s win.
One of the stars of the team is, of course, Darragh Canavan, whose goal was the stand-out moment of the final. He was understandably delighted with how things had developed.
“It started getting a bit nervous in the first 15 minutes or so after half-time. But we had a great start to the game which meant that there was a bit of leeway there at half-time,” he said.
“Thankfully, all the hard work during that period paid off. Roscommon were dominating in the chances and they were well on top. I don’t know what happened to us.
“Maybe during that period things were definitely very slack and there were 14 minutes without a score.
“It feels great to have scored a goal in Croke Park and special to now go down in history as the first team to have won the All-Ireland U-17 title,” he added.
While Tyrone lost out to Derry in the first round of the Ulster Minor championship, the U-17s enjoyed a run to the Ulster title, before ousting Meath at the penultimate stage in the All-Ireland.
That win set them up for the final against a Roscommon side which had surprised Kerry in the other semi-final.
The fact that the game was fixed for Croke Park and shown live on TV added to the excitement for the players, management and their families.
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