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Oriel minors make it back to back titles

Monaghan 1-13 Tyrone 1-11

By Kevin Kelly

Monaghan secured back to back Ulster minor titles for only the second time in their history when they defeated Tyrone in a hugely entertaining final at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh yesterday afternoon.

The Oriels thoroughly deserved their success and but for some poor shooting they would have won by a lot more as they kicked 17 wides over the course of the 60 minutes. Monaghan's reward is an All Ireland quarter-final against Cork while Tyrone are still involved despite this defeat as they face Kerry in the last eight.

Tyrone were out of the traps quickly and by the 10th minute they had established a 0-5 to 0-2 lead thanks to points from Luke Donnelly, Michael McGleenan, Daniel Fullerton and Luke Donnelly.

Monaghan though then hit a purple patch that yielded them five points without reply via Michael Hamill, Eoin Duffy, Jason Irwin, Diarmuid Marron and Darragh Dempsey.

Devlin stopped the rot for Tyrone with a much needed point before Donnelly levelled matters with a wonderful score.

Corner back Shane Smith got past three challenges to give Monaghan the lead again but Devlin equalised with another fine point. It was Monaghan though who had the final say of the half with a superb point from distance from Dempsey.

Tyrone couldn't have wished for a better start to the second half as McGleenan fielded the throw in and charged straight through the Monaghan defence before finishing to the net with his weaker left foot.

Sean O'Donnell and Donnelly added points as they moved three clear but then Monaghan seized control. Irwin pointed before Hamill got a crucial goal in the 43rd minute. Dempsey and Ciaran Daly swapped points and Monaghan did enough to take the title despite having substitute Tiarnan Kierans red carded in injury time.

Monaghan scorers: D Dempsey 0-5, (1 '45'), M Hamill 1-1, J Irwin 0-2, S Slevin 0-1, K Connolly 0-1, E Duffy 0-1, D Marron 0-1, K Gallagher 0-1

Tyrone scorers: L Donnelly 0-4 (2F), M McGleenan 1-1, M Devlin 0-3 (1 '45'), S O'Donnell 0-1, D Fullerton 0-1, C Daly 0-1

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