Tyrone's young guns turn on the style

Mon, Jul 2, 2012, 01:00

ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL: Tyrone 0-15 Derry 0-6TYRONE TURNED on the attacking power to see off Derry and book their place in the Ulster minor final at Clones.

James McGahan and Mark Bradley tormented the Oak Leaf defence, claiming a combined total of eight points. But they needed two superb saves from goalkeeper Daire Martin to keep Derry out at crucial stages.

The sides were level at the end of the opening quarter, on 0-3 each, with Danny Tallon, James Kearney and Terence O’Brien hitting Derry’s scores. But Tyrone finished the half strongly, with McGahan bringing his tally to three and Peter McKenna hitting a superb score.

Tyrone led by 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time, and McGahan added to his tally, with Bradley hitting a couple of neat points. Derry scored just three points in the second half, all of them from frees, but Jack Barton did force goalkeeper Martin into a superb save.

Tyrone finished with another flourish, with Diarmuid Carroll, Rory Brennan and Bradley all sweeping over points as they cruised into the provincial decider.

TYRONE: D Martin; R Mullan, P Hampsey, C Harvey; R Kelly, C Mallon, P McKenna (0-1); R Brennan (0-1), A Devlin (0-1); K McGeary, J McGahan (0-5, 0-3 frees), R Sludden (0-1), M Bradley (0-4), D McNulty (0-1), S Hackett. Subs: C Corr for Kelly, R McGlone for Sludden, C O’Neill for McGahan, D Carroll (0-1) for McGeary.

DERRY: C Bradley; D Brown, C McAtamney, G McKinless; C Carville, M Sweeney, R McDonnell; P Cassidy, R Bell; J Kearney (0-2, frees), R Dougan, C McFaul (0-1), G Bradley, D Tallon (0-1), T O’Brien (0-2, frees). Subs: N McNicholl for Tallon, C Gallagher for McDonnell, J Barton for Bradley, R McElwee for Dougan, D Mullan for Bell, D Kavanagh for McNulty.

Referee: B Rice (Down).

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