ULSTER JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
DERRYTRESK, the smallest club in Tyrone, proved themselves true giants of Ulster football yesterday afternoon at Armagh, when they squeezed past Cremartin on Monaghan to clinch the provincial junior club title.
Goals at critical junctures from Caolan Corr and Michael Rea ensured the ‘men from the hill’ edged the verdict after a typically hard-fought and cagey Ulster decider, and means they can look forward to a tilt at All-Ireland honours in the new year.
Referee Gregory Walsh unfortunately required an escort off the pitch after the final whistle, with Cremartin players and supporters looking to confront him, but in truth they could have few grumbles at the outcome.
They did lose the services of midfielder Niall Flanagan just before the interval, after he deservedly picked up a second yellow card, but Derrytresk themselves were reduced to fourteen men before the close after Conor O’Neill sustained a straight red during those frantic closing stages.
Both sides were clearly keen to uphold their respective counties impressive track record in this particular Junior competition, with Tyrone and Monaghan almost monopolising the provincial honours in this grade since the tournament’s inception a decade ago.
However on a bright dry day, ideal for football, each team was clearly riddled with nerves during an error strewn opening quarter, with little cohesive and open play evident.