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Derrytresk glory bid is quashed

Derrytresk 1-7 Naomh Padraig 1-8

By Sean Murphy

They gave it everything, but ultimately a shattered Derrytresk were left empty handed when their bid for All-Ireland junior glory came up short at Croke Park yesterday.

Shorn of seven players suspended from the semi-final row in Portlaoise, Derrytresk were an inspired force for three quarters of the match before tiredness and lack of resources caught up with them.

Afterwards Derrytresk joint manager Paul Hughes would speak to only Tyrone journalists and praised the players’ efforts.

Naomh Padraig outscored them 5-0 in the last quarter to take the game.

Before the match started the seven suspended members of the Derrytresk squad went down to the front of the Hogan Stand to link arms with the rest of the squad.

Joseph McKee kicked the opening point for the Tyrone men in the fifth minute. With their inspirational captain Cathal O’Neill covering acres, Derrytresk were by far the better side and after Conor O’Neill and then McKee extended their lead they got a crucial break in the 15th minute when Pat Campbell was fouled for a penalty scored by Niall Gavin.

Then, there was high drama when a poor kick out put Gavin through and he was fouled by the St Pat’s keeper but the penalty was saved.

At half-time Derrytresk were well worth their 1-4 to 0-3 advantage. But a much improved St Pat’s hit back and got one point ahead in the 58th minute. Derrytresk frantically searched for an equaliser but couldn’t find one.

DERRYTRESK: A Quinn; J Dillon, S O’Neill, C Corr, E Rea, C O’Neill, G Devlin, C Gavin, R O’Neill, P Campbell, J McKee (0-2), Conor O’Neill (0-1), N Gavin (1-4: 1 pen, 3f), M Rea, K Quinn. Subs: N Hanna for C Gavin 45,A Mulgrew for S O’Neill 56.

NAOMH PADRAIG: P Walsh; L Diskin, D Kyne, S Holleran, D Wallis (0-1), T Lydon (0-1), F Kinneavy, A Kyne (1-0), E O Cuiv (0-1), L Kearney (0-1), P Lambe, W Holleran, G Kyne, B Keane, E Joyce (0-4f).

Referee: G McCormack (Dublin).

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