Cavan defeat Tyrone to claim Ulster Under-21 title

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Updated: April 13, 2011

Cavan 1-10 0-10 Tyrone

Cavan claimed their first Ulster Under-21 title in 23 years, with a well earned three points win over Tyrone at Brewster Park on Wednesday night.

The game was ten minutes late starting, as the huge crowd around the town held up proceedings. When it did eventually get underway, it was the Cavan men who got off to the best possible start. Straight from the throw-in,the ball was kicked down the field and Niall Murray fired to the back of the net. There could barely have been much more than ten seconds played and it must rank up there with the fastest goals of all-time. Ironically it actually proved to be the winning score, as both sides went on to add 0-10 to their tally from that moment to the final whistle.

Mattie Donnelly and Ronan O’Neill soon narrowed the lead, with well taken points for Tyrone. Paddy Reilly then scored from a free to double the scores, 1-1 to 0-2 with just six minutes played. Jack Brady then increased the Breffni County lead with a well taken point. Ronan O’Neill and Peter Harte replied for Tyrone to make it a one point game. Further points from Brady and excellent midfielder, Gearoid McKiernan(2) gave Cavan a four point lead approaching the interval. That was how it remained until the ref blew for the end of the half.

Niall McKenna and Ronan O’Neill added early second half scores for Tyrone to narrow the gap to two points. Tyrone had made a habit of coming from behind this season but Cavan were not letting them back into the game and Barry Reilly and Jack Brady kicked frees to extend their lead once again. A Tyrone point from Ciaran Girvan left just a goal between the teams, before Niall McKenna and Patrick King exchanged points.

Jack Brady stretched the Cavan lead to four points but Ronan O’Neill and Richie Donnelly responded for the Red Hands. With the game entering added time, Cavan continued to hold off the Tyrone attack and Patrick King managed to increase their lead with a well taken score. After the referee played 4 minutes of injury time, Cavan finally claimed a much coveted Ulster title.

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