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Upbeat Moy now switch focus to All-Ireland bid

Moy 0-9 Rostrevor 0-8

By John Campbell

The vision of All-Ireland club glory has suddenly assumed a more definitive glow as Moy Tir nOg prepare to step into yet more uncharted territory following this nail-biting Ulster intermediate title coup at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh yesterday.

For a team that wallowed in virtual anonymity for some 35 years, Moy's name has dramatically gone up in lights, their pedigree enhanced by a dual-pronged trophy capture within a matter of weeks.

If the annexing of the Tyrone title sparked unbridled joy, then this latest coup has transported the team and their devoted followers into a sporting heaven.

Joint manager Gavin McGilly, however, believes that his players' feet will remain firmly on the ground.

"Maybe we made things a bit hard for ourselves yesterday but we got over the line in the end and that's all that matters," asserts McGilly. "These boys just don't know when they are beaten and I know that from this week on playing in the All-Ireland semi-final will be the only thing on their minds."

They may have diced with danger at times yesterday but Moy's commitment, pride and resolve eventually saw them ascend the provincial throne.

The loss of Conor Magee and James Rice to red cards between the 51st and 54th minute torpedoed Rostrevor's chances of snatching the game out of the fire.

Rostrevor's rigid defensive mechanism served to frustrate their opponents for the greater part of the first half, their ability to pirate possession and then mount sharp counter-thrusts highlighting their cohesion.

Moy may have ambled rather than spurted out of the traps but three Sean Cavanagh points from frees were responsible for ensuring the sides were level at 0-5 each at half-time.

It was in the third quarter that Moy made their pitch for victory, Cavanagh joining Harry Loughran and Eunan Deeney in firing over points.

They may only have scored once more - a Declan Conroy point in the 47th minute - but Moy thwarted Rostrevor's efforts to salvage the game. Indeed, the handicap of playing out the closing phase of the game without Magee and Rice proved too much.

Moy: N Brady; P Mackle, T McNicholl, T Conlon; M Gribbin, N Conlon, E Deeney 0-2; C Cavanagh, T Loughran; D Conroy 0-1, H Loughran 0-2, A Currie; R Coleman, S Cavanagh 0-4 (3f), C Duffy. Subs: E Rafferty for Currie, D McKeown for Duffy (51), P Lavery for Conroy (52), K McQuaide (62), A Donaghy for T Conlon (62). Yellow card: T Conlon (59).

Rostrevor: J Parr 0-2 (2f); J Rice, D McElhinney, J Farrell; J Donaghy, Christopher Magee, J Connolly; N Farrell, Conor Magee 0-1; B Keenan, S Parr, D Magee; C Doyle, P Kane 0-1, C Mooney 0-4 (3f). Subs: J Fegan for Farrell (43), J Morgan for Doyle (45), C Gordon for D Magee (55), C Owens for C Magee (61). Yellow cards: C Magee (18), Kane (19), Rice (45). Red cards: Conor Magee (50), Rice (54).

Referee: Niall McKenna (Monaghan)

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