Moortown 0-4 Steelstown 0-6
It’s a contest that won’t live too long in the memory, but Steelstown won’t be unduly worried about that as they annexed the Ulster Intermediate football title at the expense of Moortown at Owenbeg.
The heavy underfoot conditions dictated that this was never going to be a classic with scores proving difficult to come by as both sides were well set up defensively.
Star of the show for Steelstown was wing half forward Cahir McMonagle who hit all bar one of his side’s tally and he was delighted with the outcome.
“It’s an unreal feeling, I just can’t put it into words, it is so good for the whole club,” he said.
“It’s the first time that we have won an Ulster title and it has been a long time coming.
“We have gone from strength to strength from the County final, we all believed in ourselves, and it all came together today.
“We knew it was going to be low-scoring and we had to be patient.
“In the first half we didn’t play to our strengths at all, but in the second half we played a lot better.
“We got the better of things in terms of possession and thankfully when the scoring chances came our way in the closing stages we took them. No doubt everybody connected with the club will savour the next few days before we turn our attentions to the All-Ireland series.”
Moortown had led 0-3 to 0-1 at the interval with Peter Devlin getting all their scores, two from a free and one from a mark. McMonagle had Steelstown’s sole point and he then also opened their second half account from a free.
It took until the 52nd minute for the Derry champions to draw level with an excellent effort from McMonagle again and from there they never looked back.
Substitute Emmett Deane edged them in front before McMonagle guided over another free.
The Tyrone champions only second-half score was a fisted effort from substitute Con Heron in injury time, 43 minutes after their previous score.
That reduced the deficit to the minimum, but Steelstown weren’t to be denied with man of the match McMonagle taking his personal haul to 0-5.
Captain Neil Forester lifted the Patrick McCully Cup to begin the party for Brian Ogs.