There was double disappointment for Tyrone in crucial All-Ireland Championship matches at Tullamore on Sunday afternoon, with both Red Hand teams coughing up second half leads.
The Tyrone Minors lost 1-12 to 0-9 to reigning champions Kerry in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on the first part of the double bill at O’Connor Park, while the Tyrone Under-20s then came out second best 2-18 to 1-17 to Cork in their All-Ireland Championship semi-final thriller.
The Red Hands looked well placed to pull off a sensational shock in the Minor match when going in at the break with a three point lead (0-6 to 0-3) after a brilliantly disciplined and courageous first half, but their resistance eventually broke on the restart.
However Kerry, chasing six All-Ireland Minor titles in a row, stormed back after the break to take the spoils.
Mark Devlin (0-4) and Luke Donnelly (0-3) led the scoring stakes for Tyrone.
Meanwhile the Under-20s, inspired by Tiarnan Quinn and Sean Og McAleer in attack, led Cork 1-13 to 1-6 in the early stages of the second half, Darragh Canavan the Tyrone goalscorer.
Yet just as was the case in the Minor match, the opposition’s strength off the bench proved key in the closing stages, with the Rebels reeling in the deficit to run out victors.