Captain Cassidy's class earns title for Tyrone
Tyrone 0-16, Donegal 2-8
Ulster U-21 HURLING Shield final: TYRONE claimed this title after an inspired display from captain Damien Cassidy was too much for Donegal at Celtic Park.
Tyrone, fielding five senior panellists, bossed the game from the start with Cassidy punishing every mistake Donegal made. The Eoghan Ruadh player had scored five inside the opening 10 minutes on his way to a perfect nine points from nine first-half shots, including one huge free of almost 100 yards and two from play.
Donegal finally got off the mark on 12 minutes through Chris Bonnar but their policy of pushing for goals was playing into Tyrone hands who were well worth their 0-11 to 0-4 half-time advantage.
Donegal were a vastly improved outfit second half as points from Justin Browne, Conor McCarmack and Chris Bonnar brought it back to 0-12 against 0-7. But once Cassidy had found his range again in the second half to finish with a personal tally of 0-11, there was only one winner.
Scorers – Tyrone: D Cassidy 0-11 (6fs, 3 '65), B McGurk 0-2, K Morgan, C McCrudden, M Mullan 0-1 each. Donegal: C Kelly 2-1, J Browne 0-4 (4fs), C Bonnar 0-2, C McCormack 0-1
Tyrone – C McElhatton; B Begley, C McNally, M McCrory; D Begley, T Morgan, L Armstorng; G Gilmore, D Cassidy; E Duffin, K Morgan, C McCrudden; M Mulgrew, M Mullan, B McGurk. Subs: M Maneely for C McCrudden (43), C Devlin for M Mulgrew (54).
Donegal – D Lafferty; F Culhane, P Doherty, M Callaghan; C McDermott, S Gallen, C Flood; J Browne, C Parke; R McDermott, Conor McVeigh, Christopher McVeigh, C Bonnar; B Lafferty, C Gallen, C Kelly. Subs: C McCormack for B Lafferty (41).
Ref – N Mullaney (Monaghan)