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Red Hands fight back to claim Over-40s Masters crown against Galway

Tyrone 1-09 - Galway0-09

By Francis Mooney

Tyrone finally mastered the Masters with a first ever All-Ireland Over-40s title, defeating holders Galway at Drumlish, Co Longford on Saturday.

But they had to recover from a shaky first half before imposing themselves on the contest.

They scored just one point in the opening half-hour, and trailed by double scores, 0-6 to 0-3, 10 minutes into the second half. However, they seized control in the final 20 minutes.

Stephen Dooher grabbed the all-important goal, while Mark Donnelly, Damien Gormley, Stephen Lawn and Mark Darcy hit the points that carried the Red Hands to glory.

Tyrone dominated possession in the opening five minutes, but had nothing to show for it, and Galway went ahead when Ollie Hynes collected Fergal McEvoy's lay-off for the opening point.

Mark Donnelly got Tyrone off the mark from a 20 metre free, but Galway were winning a lot of loose possession and putting the Tyrone men under increased pressure.

Tyrone trailed by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break and the Tribesmen extended the lead to three early in the second half.

However Dooher netted from close range for a crucial 40th minute score, giving Tyrone the lead for the first time.

Galway did level through McEvoy, but the momentum was with the Red Hands, and they hit some marvellous scores to finish with a stylish flourish.

Tyrone: K Leonard, G McKenna, G McElroy, K Gormley, S Dooher, P Sweeney, B Sheehy, R O'Neill, M Gallagher, C Daly, D Gormley, S Barkley, M Darcy, S Lawn, M Donnelly.

Rolling subs: P Loughran, J McKenna, M McConomy, G McWilliams, D Molloy.

Galway: J Davin, O Hannon, R O'Donovan, M O Chonaghaile, S Silke, B Forde, V Small, C McCaul, S O'Dowd, D Beirne, B Geraghty, P Gallagher, J Slattery, F McEvoy, O Hynes.

Rolling subs: G Lee, B Walsh, T Corbett, T Burke, D O'Brien, C Daly, D O Flaharta.

Referee: G Sheridan (Cavan).


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