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Logan proud of Tyrone starlets' All-Ireland joy

Tyrone 1-11 Tipperary 0-13

By Declan Bogue

Published 04/05/2015

Victory roar: Tyrone’s Under-21s celebrate their All-Ireland title success
Victory roar: Tyrone’s Under-21s celebrate their All-Ireland title success

Tyrone Under-21s bridged a gap back to 2001 with their All-Ireland title triumph over Tipperary, but celebrations were somewhat tempered when manager Feargal Logan was refused entry into the Tipp dressing room for the traditional offer of commiserations.

An official blocked his path and a clearly hurt Logan, who has sat in two losing All-Ireland final dressing rooms, told reporters afterwards: "I think it's a bit extreme. It's obviously raw at the moment but I hope relations between Tyrone and Tipperary football don't get to that pitch when we have guys putting people out of dressing rooms."

When it was put to Logan that some in the Tipperary camp had accused his players of being cynically coached and engaging in cynical play, he answered: "I can promise you I have told our men never to sledge.

"I have told them not to conduct themselves cynically. I am disappointed that in the GAA world something like that would happen."

A pity it has to be marred like this, because this was a terrific contest of football.

Tyrone had clearly done their homework because while Tipp captain Colin O'Riordan showed on occasion what he was capable of, they kept the middle of the defence well-staffed with a rotating sweeper to block off the middle channel.

Ten first-half wides from Tyrone when they had the wind tells a story, while Tipperary were much more economical with Kevin O'Halloran dangerous from free-kicks and Josh Keane finding his kicking groove from distance to beat the Tyrone rearguard to leave the half-time score Tipperary 0-7, Tyrone 0-5.

Half-time was a lengthy affair due to two medical emergencies, one leading to a fatality - Michael Logan, the Tyrone team doctor and brother of Feargal, successfully treated a cardiac arrest at the scene, but an elderly Tipperary supporter lost his life.

Tyrone changed tack from the first half, when they were intent on getting early ball into their inside forwards of Mark Bradley and Lee Brennan.

Now, they were holding possession and using the ball control skills of Conor Meyler, McShane and the impressive Mark Kavanagh, while substitute Ruairi McGlone brought power.

A Brennan free brought the sides level after 39 minutes, but the significant score of the game finally put Tyrone into the lead with a quarter of an hour left.

Kavanagh picked up a break after Evan Comerford's kickout and skipped through before putting McShane in the clear. His shot was blasted past Comerford.

The Red Hands added another two points from Danny McNulty's third free and a Kavanagh curled effort, but had to endure the nerves of a tight finish.

At one point, Tipp had the ball in the net in injury time which would have clinched them the game, but it was disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Sean Fox.

"The real characteristics came out in the second-half and I am just glad, because to leave an All-Ireland final without having shown your worth, never mind winning, is devastating," said Logan.

"I'm delighted there's a bit of a lift on and hopefully Tyrone will get on at minor level, at senior level, at every level and keep working hard, because Tipperary, Roscommon, all these teams are working doubly hard and have got to keep working hard."

Tyrone: S Fox; R Mullan, P Hampsey, C McLaughlin; K McGeary, R Brennan, M Cassidy 0-1; F Burns, C McShane 1-0; M Kavanagh 0-2, C Meyler 0-1, M Walsh; M Bradley 0-2, D McNulty 0-3, 3f, L Brennan 0-2, 2f. Subs: R McGlone for Walsh (half-time); R Kelly for McShane (inj 58 mins); P McKenna for Brennan (62).

Yellow cards: Cassidy (45, 64)

Black cards: 0 Red cards: Cassidy (64)

Tipperary: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, C O'Shaughnessy; R Mulcahy, L Boland, B Maher 0-1; S O'Brien, C O'Riordan 0-2; J Longergan, I Fahey 0-1, L Casey; K O'Halloran 0-6, 5f, J Keane 0-3, 2f, P Maher. Subs: J McGrath for P Maher (52 mins)

Yellow cards: 0 Black cards: 0

Red cards: 0

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford).

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