McCluskey seals deal for holders
Derry 1-15 Tyrone 0-10
Ulster minor champs Derry turned on the style to sweep Tyrone aside at Celtic Park.
The home side led by the minimum at half-time, running in 0-8 to 0-7 in front in a very open game of football in the driving rain.
However, the Oak Leaf County sped up through the gears after the break and with corner-back Conor McCluskey scoring their goal, they eventually ran out convincing winners.
In a first half that swayed one way and then the next, Derry took an early 0-3 to no score lead, only to see the Red Hands battle back to lead 0-4 to 0-3 by the 12th minute.
SCORERS - Derry: L Kielt 0-4 (2fs), C McCluskey 1-0, O McWilliams 0-2, L McWilliams 0-2, F Higgins 0-2, B Cassidy, E Bradley, P McGrogan, S Higgins and P Quigg 0-1 each. Tyrone: M McGleenan 0-2, E McNabb 0-2, T Carney 0-2 (1f), D Kerr 0-2, B Gallen 0-1 ('45), J Devlin 0-1.
DERRY - B McKinless; C McCluskey, G McLaughlin, A Bradley; P McGrogan, S Downey, S McErlain; P Coney, O McWilliams; L Kielt, B Cassidy, P Quigg; C Doherty, F Higgins, E Bradley. Subs: L McWilliams for Cassidy (h-t), S Higgins for L Kielt (50), O McKeever for G McLaughlin (60), C Quinn for O McWilliams (60).
TYRONE - B Gallen; T Hurl, E Donnelly, J McGurk; T Corr, C Grimes, P McCartan; J Devlin, C Goodwin; B Molloy, T Carney, P Donaghy; E McNabb, M McGleenan, D Kerr. Subs: O Sludden for B Molloy (50), B McNulty for E Donnelly (53)
Ref - A Marron (Monaghan)