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Red Hands keep a firm grip on Ulster crown

Tyrone 0-17 Down 0-3


Battle: Tyrone’s Aine Canavan (left) with Cara Cunningham

Battle: Tyrone’s Aine Canavan (left) with Cara Cunningham

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Battle: Tyrone’s Aine Canavan (left) with Cara Cunningham

Tyrone turned in a powerhouse display to claim back-to-back Ulster intermediate titles at Clonmore last night.

Down, who ran the Red Hand girls to just four points in last year's final, were no match for the pace and clinical finishing of this Tyrone side who led from the start and were never in any danger despite the best efforts of the experienced Kyla Trainor.

Shannon Quinn, Christiane Hunter, Neamh Woods and Joanne Barrett were immense for Tyrone at the back as Gemma Begley top scored with 0-7, while Maria Canavan, Niamh O'Neill, Aine Canavan and Rebecca McCrory also tagged on scores in a one-sided contest.

Tyrone got off to a blistering start and with the breeze at their backs they scored 0-3 in the opening three minutes, Niamh O'Neill with a quick brace, Emma Jane Gervin the provider, and a tidy long range effort from Aine Canavan putting them in the driving seat.

They failed to really build on that good start though, Down pulling all but three players behind the ball, limiting space.

The Mourne girls carved out several openings in their best spell of the half, Kyla Trainor a constant threat although she only had a point to show for her efforts, that coming in the 10th minute when she bustled her way through a very resolute Tyrone defence.

The champions pushed on in the second quarter, 0-2 from Maria Canavan and four points from Gemma Begley saw them lead by eight at the break, Down finding it difficult to match the pace of Tyrone.

The second half brought little change for Down as Tyrone tipped away on the scoreboard, Down guilty of some wayward shooting.

O'Neill, Begley and Aine Canavan opened the second half scoring with just two Down scores on the board from Aishling Cull and Cushla Savage through the half as Tyrone continued to tag on scores in a formidable showing from Gerry Moane's side.

Scorers: Tyrone: Gemma Begley 0-7, Niamh O'Neill 0-4, Maria Canavan 0-3, Aine Canavan 0-2, Rebecca McCrory 0-1 Down: Kyla Trainor, Aishling Cull, Cushla Savage 0-1 each

Belfast Telegraph