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Tyrone u-20s savour win, as minors lose out

The Tyrone u-20s celebrated a straight-forward 4-13 to 1-10 victory over Derry at the Athletic Grounds yesterday in the Ulster final.

Derry had a briliant start to the game, scoring 1-5 in the first 15 minutes compared to Tyrone’s 0-3 points.

But Then Tyrone went on a scoring spree from the middle of the first half to the finish that had Derry reeling.

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Lorcan Quinn, Darragh Canavan, Sean Og McAleer knocked points over and then James Garrity despatched a 25th minute penalty to put Tyrone ahead by 1-8 to 1-4.

Derry added a point but their hopes disappeared when Sean Og McAleer hit the net from a rebound. With the score at 2-9 to 1-5, and Tyrone in the ascendancy it looked like they would kick on in the second half. That was the case as they scored a major within the first few seconds of the second half.This time it was Joe Oguz who hit the net.

Derry responded with a point but a few moments later the full back Conor Quinn rampaged forward to score goal number four.

From that point onwards the game was over as a contest as they cruised to victory, adding further scores from goalkeeper Lorcan Quinn, and Michael Conway.

Derry’s day got even worse when Oisin McWilliams was sent off for a red card offence.

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In the first game of the day, Monaghan beat Tyrone by two points  (1-13 to  1-11) to win the Minor championship.

It was an absorbing game of football, which was end to end for almost the entirety of the game.

Monaghan had led by a point at half time, after scoring some incredible points. Tyrone saw some fine performances during that first half, from corner back Conor Cuddy, Shea Daly and midfielder Michael McGleenan.

They got the perfect start to the second half when Michael McGleenan won the throw in, charged up the field, and hammered it to the net.

But Monaghan are a hardy bunch. They hit back with a goal of their own from Michael Hamill, who had to twist and turn to evade the attentions of Cuddy.

Monaghan would reel off nine wides for the remainder of the game, and perhaps should have been further in front at the finish.

But Tyrone should fee proud of their fine performance against a strong Monaghan team.

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