Friday 22 November 2019

Red Hands turn tables

Ulster U-20 FC: Tyrone 0-17 Monaghan 2-8

Monaghan had the ball in the net twice in the opening five minutes, catching the home side cold with a storming start. Stock picture
Monaghan had the ball in the net twice in the opening five minutes, catching the home side cold with a storming start. Stock picture newsdesk

Tyrone recovered from a disastrous start to get the better of Monaghan in last night's quarter-final at Healy Park.

They produced a strong second-half performance, picking off some wonderful scores as they gained a measure of atonement following last weekend's senior clash at the Omagh venue.

Monaghan had the ball in the net twice in the opening five minutes, catching the home side cold with a storming start.

Oran McElligot palmed home from Micheál Bannigan's assist after just 45 seconds and when wing-back Dean McDonnell ran 65 metres to drill a low finish to the net, they led by seven.

Paul Donaghy landed Tyrone's opening three points, but Monaghan countered for Micheál Bannigan and skipper Fergal Hanratty to finish off sweeping moves, and they led by 2-4 to 0-5 at the break, after Tyrone goalkeeper Benny Gallen had effortlessly converted a 20-metre free.

It was the Red Hands who started the second half strongly, with Matthew McGleenan, Emmet McNabb and Ryan Gray, with a delightful sliced effort, all hitting points.

As the game entered its final quarter, the visitors held a two points lead, but missed a golden goal chance when Liam óg Murray broke through, but saw his effort saved by Gallen.

Sub Tiernan Drayne gave the Red Hands the lead for the first time in the 51st minute, after Donaghy had claimed his fourth point of the evening.

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Scorers - Tyrone: P Donaghy 0-5 (3f) E McNabb 0-3, T Drayne 0-3,M McGleenan 0-2, R Gray, C Goodwin, P Og McCartan, B Gallen (f) 0-1 each  Monaghan: O McElligot, D McDonnell 1-0 each, M Bannigan 0-3 (2f), D Garland (f), F Hanratty, F Connolly, C Doyle, R Mohan 0-1 each

Tyrone - B Gallen; A Fox, C Quinn, C Shields; M McKearney, R McCusker, C Goodwin; R Gormley, T Loughran; M Murnaghan, E McNabb, R Gray; J Garrity, M McGleenan, P Donaghy. Subs: C Grimes for McKearney (42), P Og McCartan for Murnaghan (45), T Drayne for Loughran (49), D Jones for McNabb, P Mullan for Quinn (61)

Monaghan - J Kirk; R Mohan, C Lennon, D Connolly; C Doyle, F Connolly, D McDonnell; L Og Murray, R O'Toole; D Hanley, M Bannigan, F Hanratty; C Leonard, D Garland, O McElligot. Subs: S Monaghan for McElligot (18), F Beggan for Hanley (51), C Burns for O'Toole (72)

REF- P Faloon (Down)

O'Neill inspires rampant Armagh

Armagh 2-14 Fermanagh 0-10

Armagh emerged with a ten-point victory at Brewster Park with a goal in either half giving them a comfortable victory.

After the excellent Rian O'Neill's goal on 18 minutes, Conor Turbit got on the end of a brilliant move on 41 minutes to move his side seven points to the good. Fermanagh got it back to four with Callum Jones and Darragh McGurn working hard but Armagh kicked the next seven points to seal the victory.

Scorers - Fermanagh: L McStravick (2f), C Jones (1 sl), D McGurn (2f) 0-3 each, E Curran 0-1. Armagh: R O'Neill 1-6 (4f), C Turbit 1-1, E McDonnell, J Duffy 0-2 each, R Owens 0, R McQuillan, R Magennis 0-1 each.

Fermanagh - A Keenan; J McCaffrey, U Kelm, E Sheils; C Quinn, J Cassidy, P Breen; M Og McGarrigle, E Beacom; C Jones, D McGurn, E Curran; P Og O'Reilly, L McStravick, S McGullion. Subs: C McBrien for McStravick (39), C McGee for Jones (46), P Doherty for Cassidy (56).

Armagh- E Mulholland; J McAlinden, B McCambridge, D Loye; C McGeary, N McGuiness, R Owens; E McDonnell, C O'Neill; R McQuillan, S Loye, R Garvey; C Turbitt, J Duffy, R O'Neill. Subs: J Kearns for S Loye (39), R Magennis for Garvey (51), T Bogue for Curran (53), D Luckie for McGeary (59), S McAlinden for D Loye (63)

Ref - E McFeely (Donegal)

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