Saturday 20 January 2018

Veteran Tyrone defender McMahon calls time on his inter-county career

Justin McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE
Justin McMahon. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone defender Justin McMahon has called time on his inter-county career, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

The Omagh, St Enda's man won an All-Ireland medal in 2008 when he was also named at full-back on the All-Star team.

The 31-year-old made his first appearance for the county back in 2007 and despite being plagued by injury throughout his career he would go on to play for the Red Hand on 110 occasions, with 40 of those coming in the championship.

McMahon recently informed Mickey Harte of his decision to walk away, with his retirement coming only months after his brother Joe ended his time with the county.

The pair famously joined forces to snuff out the aerial threat of Kerry's 'twin towers' Kieran Donaghy and Tommy Walsh in the 2008 All-Ireland final.

McMahon's joins Seán Cavanagh in retirement meaning that Colm Cavanagh and Cathal McCarron are the only playing links to the last Tyrone side to win Sam Maguire.

Meanwhile, Limerick have confirmed that senior star Cian Lynch is fully fit for Saturday's All-Ireland U-21 HC final clash with Kilkenny after an injury scare.

Irish Independent

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