TYRONE TOPS IN CUP FINAL

28 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Tyrone                 1-10

Monaghan               0-10

By COLM SHALVEY

 

MONAGHAN’S Under-21 footballers fell just short in last Sunday’s Shamrock Cup Final which was played in difficult conditions in Cremartin.

Monaghan trailed for the vast majority of this match and found themselves six points adrift when Mark Bradley slotted home the only goal on 40 minutes, but they kept plugging away and although it wasn’t enough to alter the result, they showed enough to take some positives into next month’s Ulster championship.

Cathal McShane, Bradley, Kieran McGeary and Rory Brennan were among the main reasons that Tyrone retained the title, while Fearghal McMahon and Conor McCarthy were the only two Monaghan starters to get on the scoresheet.

Monaghan were first off the mark in the fourth minute with a well-taken point by Fearghal McMahon, at the end of an attack involving Colm Meegan and Shane Conlon, but Ruairí Sludden won and scored a 13-metre free for Tyrone, who edged ahead for the first time when Cathal McShane linked up with Mark Bradley to open his account.

Another fine score from play by Fearghal McMahon brought Monaghan back on level terms and although McShane replied with his second, a foul on Ryan McAnespie allowed Conor McCarthy to tap over a 13-metre free.

Lee Brennan got on the end of a Mark …

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