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Ulster Championship: Tyrone loses McMahon

By John Campbell

Tyrone have been dealt a blow in advance of their Ulster Championship meeting with Monaghan on June 5 after the versatile Joe McMahon sustained a double fracture of the jaw.

McMahon was injured while playing for his club Omagh St Enda’s against Moortown in the All County League at Moortown yesterday.

One of the most experienced players in Mickey Harte’s squad, McMahon was taken to Antrim Area Hospital where he was detained for observation.

He had only recently returned to the Red Hands line-up having recovered from an earlier injury and his brother Justin, one of the best full-backs in the country, is also recovering from injury, although manager Harte hopes to have him on board for the Ulster championship.

Meanwhile in the National Hurling League Derry lost out in their second successive division 3A National Hurling league final when they were beaten 3-14 to 2-20 by Wicklow in Pearse Park.

The Oak Leafers led 2-8 to 1-6 at the break with Ruairi Convery proving very accurate from frees.

Wicklow hit 1-3 without reply at the start of the second-half with Andy O’Brien scoring their goal. The lead changed hands on a few occasions, but Wicklow finished strongly with points from Enan Glynn, Jonathan O’Neill and O’Brien to seal victory.

Down secured a 4-14 to 3-15 win at Cussack Park against Westmeath.

Tyrone bounced straight back to division three of the National Hurling league with a 1-15 to 1-11 win over South Down.

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