Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

GAA: Tyrone to take dive into U21 sector

The Tyrone Under-21 football championship is to go ahead - in darkest November!

Some six months have elapsed since Armagh beat the O'Neill County en route to winning the Ulster Championship and since then there has been no meaningful Under 21 domestic action in Red Hands territory.

But now it would appear that the county board has been persuaded to have a change of heart in relation to the internal Under-21 Championship.

Clubs apparently lobbied the board to stage the competition and a condensed version of the series will be staged next month.

Initial calls for the scrapping of the competition engendered sharp debate within the county and for a period it looked as if the Under-21 series was doomed.

But suddenly interest has been rekindled and, given the level of fare in the recent senior championship in which many prominent Under-21 players were involved, there is a feeling that next month's action will form a very tasty menu.

Cookstown and Coalisland in particular are strong at this level with Errigal Ciaran and Ardboe also expected to mount a challenge for the title.

Indeed, several members of the Coalisland team that lost to Dromore in the county senior final on Sunday week last are eligible for the Under-21 championship and they will bring their experience to bear at this level.

The Tyrone county board has already indicated that where necessary extra-time will be played, with replays not an option.

Sounds hugely sensible from every perspective!

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