Tyrone make it two in a row
Tyrone 0-16 Down 1-8
Tyrone are through to their second successive Ulster U21 final after having five points to spare over Down at Casement Park in Belfast on Wednesday night.
Tyrone led 0-9 to 0-4 at the break and were full value for that advantage, all of their scores coming from play.
The Red Hands were out of the traps quickly, Richard Donnelly, Harry Og Conlon and Conor McAliskey all on target inside five minutes.
Danny Savage opened Down’s account after six minutes from a 20 metre free.
Tyrone though lifted their game with corner forwards Darren McCurry and Caolan Daly both scoring quality points.
McAliskey burst past three challenges to hit the score of the half and at the break Tyrone were looking comfortable.
Down battled back in the second half and with 11 minutes to go Donal O’Hare scored a superb goal but Tyrone closed the game out to set up a repeat of last season’s final with Cavan.
Tyrone: D McAnenly, B Tierney, D McNally, HP McGeary, N Sludden, S Warnock, T McCann, R Donnelly (0-2), C Clarke (0-1), S Tierney, T Canavan (0-2), H Conlon, D McCurry (0-4), C McAliskey (0-3), C Daly (0-3). Subs: P Mallon (0-1) for Tierney, P McNulty for McCann, C Grugan for Donnelly, J Monroe for Warnock, S McGuigan for Canavan.
Down: S Harrison, M Clarke, S McNamee, R McAleenan, K McClorey (0-1), G McGovern, D McKibben, N McParland, C Gough (0-1), J McClean, C Clarke, M Bagnall (0-1), D Savage (0-3), R McGarry (0-1), D O’Hare (1-0). Subs: K Quinn for McClean, S McCartan (0-1) for Gough, N Madine for McGarry, J Johnston for Savage.
Referee: N Mooney (Cavan).