Saturday 20 January 2018

Tyrone secure maiden crown

Niall Ring, Fingal, in action against Seán Óg Grogan, Tyrone
Niall Ring, Fingal, in action against Seán Óg Grogan, Tyrone
Alan Morris, Fingal, in action against Matthew Mulgrew, Tyrone. Nicky Rackard Cup Final, Fingal v Tyrone
Damien Casey, Tyrone, reacts after picking up an injury before being substituted.

Tyrone held on in a gripping finish to win the Nicky Rackard Cup for the first time.

Tyrone 1-17 Fingal 1-16 - Nicky Rackard Cup final

Skipper Damien Casey led his side to victory with an eight-point haul as the Red Hands showed just how much progress has been made under new manager, Mattie Lennon.

Tyrone's early flourish saw them ease ahead with scores from Casey, Gerard Gilmore and Tiernan Morgan. But five points from Fingal's leading scorer JM Sheridan brought them level after 23 minutes.

Tyrone's Christopher Cross scrambled the ball over the line from close range after 'keeper Hilary Murray-Hession failed to hold Morgan's sideline cut. Sheridan and Dave Smyth powered over points as Fingal went level again with Dean Kelly also sprinting through for an eye-catching score. Gilmore's third point edged Tyrone ahead by 1-8 to 0-10 at the break.

Conor Grogan, Matthew Mulgrew and Casey put Tyrone eight clear. But Fingal fought back as Danny Butterley and Colm Foley slotted over scores and Sheridan steered over a '65'. And when Dave Smyth plundered a goal in stoppage-time, just a point separated the sides, but Tyrone held on.

Scorers: Tyrone: D Casey 0-8 (4fs), G Gilmore 0-4, C Cross 1-0, M Mulgrew, T Morgan, C Grogan, M Winters, C McNally 0-1 each. Fingal: JM Sheridan 0-10 (6fs, 2 '65'), D Smyth 1-2, C O'Flynn, D Kelly, D Butterley, C Foley 0-1 each.

Tyrone: J Devlin; C McNally, R Devlin, M O'Gorman; M Grogan, S Donnelly, A Kelly; M Winters, G Fox; C Grogan, T Morgan, C Cross; M Mulgrew, D Casey, G Gilmore. Subs: M Devlin for Winters, M Devlin for Winters, D Marshall for Gilmore.

Fingal: H Murray-Hession; P Coyne, N Ring, A Morris; B Kelly, D Vaughan, I Kennedy; D Hattie, P Sheridan; D Kelly, A Richardson, P Daly; C O'Flynn, S Smyth, JM Sheridan. Subs: D Buttlery for Richardson, C Foley for Kelly, C Foley for D Kelly.

Referee: D O'Driscoll (Limerick).

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