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Tyrone lads have too much for Roscommon

Tyrone 2-18 Roscommon 0-15

By Kevin Kelly

Tyrone made sure of their place in the history books when they won the first ever All Ireland Under-17 Championship title when they had nine points to spare over Roscommon at Croke Park yesterday afternoon.

A superb Darragh Canavan goal 10 minutes from time, coupled with an injury time strike from substitute Mark Hayes, sealed it for the Ulster champions after Roscommon had staged a valiant second half comeback.

The sides shared the opening four points with Peter Gillooly and Ciaran Sugrue on target for Roscommon, with Canavan getting both Tyrone scores. The winners then took over with points from Ethan Jordan, Joe Oguz, Daniel Millar and Tarlach Quinn.

Roscommon midfielder Shane Cunnane then weighed in with three points but it was Tyrone who closed out the half the stronger with Canavan and Jordan both on target again.

It took Tyrone a quarter of an hour to open their second half account via a Jordan free, but a Gillooly brace closed the gap to 0-14 to 0-10 by the 49th minute.

Sixty seconds later, though, Tyrone were in the ascendency again when Canavan smashed the ball to the roof of the net. Substitutes Darragh Walsh (3) and Michael Conroy (2) had points before Hayes got Tyrone's second goal in injury time to put the icing on the cake.

Tyrone: L Quinn, A Fox, M McCusker, C Ward, R Slane, C Munroe, T Quinn (0-1), M Murnaghan, J Oguz (0-1), C Donaghy (0-2, 1f), D Canavan (1-3), D Millar (0-3), E Jordan (0-5, 3f), C Donnelly, T Hoy. Subs: O McHugh (0-1) for Slane, M Hayes (1-0) for Hoy, M Conroy (0-2) for Donnelly, R McCabe for Jordan, L Gray for Donagh.

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