Burren are the Ulster U21 club champions after winning a terrific tussle with Tyrone champions Omagh yesterday in the inaugural competition run by the Creggan club in Antrim.
The Down champions deserved their win as they were just about the best team throughout but Omagh will feel that they didn’t do themselves justice on the day.
The Tyrone lads couldn’t have wished for a better start as Conor McMahon, brother of senior stars Joe and Justin, found the Burren net with only 30 seconds gone.
Midfielder Conan Grugan tagged on a point from distance but then the Down side began to come into the game. Sean Murdock and Donal O’Hare had points before the former put his side in front with a well taken goal.
Ronan O’Neill and McMahon responded for Omagh before Murdock and Anton McArdle both found the range and Burren led 1-9 to 1-6 at the interval.
On the restart though Omagh hit back with points from O’Neill and right half back Barry Tierney but they were then dealt a blow when the former was stretchered off after being hit off the ball. Burren then took control with Murdock and Conaill McGovern adding points.
Burren substitute David McEntee was straight red carded by referee Pat McEnaney for a high tackle on Omagh defender Stephen Mullan.
Omagh: R Clarke, E Rodgers, D Bradley, S Mullan, B Tierney (0-2), M Gallagher, K Brannigan, S O’Neill, C Grugan (0-4), D McGloin, J McAnulla, L McCullagh, R O’Neill |(0-3), C McMahon (1-1), C Clarke (0-1). Subs: C Hannigan for R O’Neill, L Brown for McCullagh, L Mathers for McMahon
Burren: C Murdock, T Fegan, P O’Rourke, R Hanna, K Maxwell, R McGovern, G McCartan (0-1), A Higgins, A McArdle (0-1), C McGovern (0-3), S Murdock (1-5), C Toner, P Poland (0-1), E Toner (0-1), D O’Hare (0-2). Subs: D McEntee for Hanna, G Sands for Higgins
Referee: P McEnaney (Monaghan)