Thursday 23 November 2017

Devlin goal caps dominant Tyrone display

Tyrone 1-14
Armagh 0-5
Ulster MFC Final All-Ireland minor champions
Armagh were put to the sword by a rampant Tyrone side at Clones yesterday.

The Red Hands dominated in every sector and possessed too many attacking options for their opponents, with Ryan Devlin scoring their goal 10 minutes from the end.

Tyrone took control right from the start and were four points ahead inside eight minutes, two of their scores coming from Ronan O'Neill.

A Ryan Rafferty point merely interrupted the Red Hand flow, with Ryan Devlin, John McCullagh (twice) and half-backs Niall Sludden and Eunan Deeney all hitting the target. Tyrone held a commanding 0-9 to 0-2 lead at the break, after Paul McGeown pointed a free for Armagh.

Both sides had goal chances, but Tyrone goalkeeper Mark McReynolds saved from Colin Stevenson, and Armagh 'keeper Matthew McNeice denied Ryan Devlin.

In the 51st minute, Tyrone killed off the challenge of the defending champions when Devlin side-footed to the net from Harry Og Conlon's assist, and a couple of late points from substitute Dara Donnelly sealed a comprehensive victory for the Red Hands.

But it's not all gloom for Armagh, who still qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals via the back door.

Scorers -- Tyrone: R Devlin 1-2, R O'Neill (0-2f), J McCullagh, R Donnelly (2 '45's), D Donnelly 0-2 each, N Sludden, E Deeney, C Grugan, H Og Conlon 0-1 each. Armagh: P McGeown 0-2 (0-1f), R Conlon 0-2, R Rafferty 0-1.

Tyrone -- M McReynolds; S McGarrity, C Clarke, HP McGeary; N Sludden, M Donaghy, E Deeney; C Grugan, H Og Conlon; R Donnelly, T Canavan, R Devlin; S Tierney, J McCullagh, R O'Neill. Subs: Dara Donnelly for R Donnelly, D Quinn for Donaghy, P McNulty for McGeary, D McCurry for McCullagh, R Loughran for Conlon

Armagh -- M McNeice; R McCaughley, C Hoey, R Finnegan; D Nugent, J King, N McConville; A Findon, C Gough; M McKenna, A Forker, B Seeley; C Stevenson, P McGeown, R Rafferty. Subs: D McParland for Findon, R Conlon for McKenna, C Trainor for Seeley, P Casey for McParland

Ref -- J Galligan (Cavan).

Irish Independent

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