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Moy promise no half measures in drive to clinch second crown

 

By John Campbell

In what was arguably the best 'half' of any match they have offered in recent times, Moy Tir na nOg racked up a devastating 2-11 in the second period of their Ulster club intermediate championship semi-final against Derry champions Newbridge earlier this month.

It would have been a brave punter who might have wagered on such a dramatic turnaround following the team's below-par first-half performance that saw them change ends trailing by 0-7 to 0-4.

But if Moy revelled in that second-half scoring spree, then there is a sharp realisation within the side that scores may be rather more difficult to come by in tomorrow's provincial championship final against Down champions Rostrevor at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh (1pm).

Having already landed their first Tyrone title in 35 years, Moy are now determined to take delivery of a second even more important trophy.

Shane Mulholland's side, meanwhile, may have had to endure a late scare before coming out on top against Milford in the other semi-final but their tenacity, pace and shooting skills have proved a potent cocktail on their way to tomorrow's decider.

Along with the Conlons, Thomas and Niall, and lively wing-back Declan Conroy, full-back Tomas McNicholl helps to underpin the Moy rearguard while skipper Eugene Deeney and All-Star Colm Cavanagh provide a strong midfield alliance.

Up front, the vastly experienced Sean Cavanagh, the dynamic Harry Loughran and the marauding Ryan Coleman pose a triple threat.

While the Tyrone champions possess considerable ammunition, their opponents are not short on scoring power with Conor Doyle, Piaras Kane and Conor Fegan to the fore.

Skipper Caolan Mooney has embellished his splendid season in the Down jersey by underwriting the inspiration that has galvanised Rostrevor this year.

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