FIVE star Tyrone claimed the Ulster Minor Ladies A crown with a comprehensive 30-point victory over Armagh at Lisnaskea.
Four first half goals helped them ease to a seventeen point half time advantage as Caitlin Kelly, Maeve Maxwell, Chloe McCafferty and Maria Canavan all hit the net for the Red Hands before the interval.
It was indeed Canavan who claimed the first score of the game as she tapped over a fine point in the opening minute. A Roisin Devlin effort then came back off the upright before Dearbhaile Gallagher extended Tyrone’s lead after doing well to pick up possession.
A minute later Armagh claimed their first point of the day as Niamh Reel sent a free between the posts.
Tyrone’s response was telling though, as two minutes later they would claim their first goal of the encounter as Caitlin Kelly made a great run before blasting home with a powerful effort.
Maeve Maxwell then converted a simple free for Hugh Donnelly’s side before Chloe McCafferty and Kelly claimed scores in quick succession while the gap was further extended on 18 minutes as Maeve Maxwell guided a low drill to the bottom corner to give her side a 2-5 to 0-1 advantage.
Two minutes later Armagh finally ended a sixteen minute scoring drought when Megan O’Callaghan snuck a fine score between the uprights.
Canavan then replied with a pointed free for Tyrone but this time it would be Armagh’s turn to find a quick reply as Alex Clarke sent a shot over with the aid of the post.
Yet any hopes of an Armagh comeback were quickly dashed as Chloe McCafferty registered a third Tyrone goal as she finished off a well orchestrated move, which saw good lead up play from Roisin Devlin and captain Aoibhainn McHugh.
Armagh’s Reel would claim the next score of the game from a converted free but it would turn out to be the last of the half for the Orchard ladies while their Tyrone counterparts were only getting started.
Indeed a minute later there was a fourth Tyrone goal on the board as McCafferty and Canavan played a one-two before the latter’s effort eluded the grasp of Armagh ‘keeper Caoimhe O’Neill en route to the back of the net, as half time approached.
Canavan was again on target, a minute later as she floated over a long range shot and indeed she soon extended her, and Tyrone’s tally, with a pointed free to further stretch her team’s advantage.
The last point of the half then came a minute in to time added on as Maeve Maxwell claimed her second of the day with a lovely score on the turn.
After the break Armagh understandably sought a bright start and they claimed the opening score of the half with a Reel point from play in the opening minute.
Yet it would turn out to be the Orchard side’s sole score of the second half as their heads had understandably dropped as they had little in reply to a superior Tyrone performance.
In contrast Tyrone kept the scores coming as Maxwell quickly found a response before they pushed on with a quick brace of frees from Canavan.
McCafferty then split the posts, five minutes later, before the freshly introduced Annie Devlin got herself on the scoresheet.
Canavan then claimed a further brace for the Red Hands, the second coming as she sensibly tapped over in spite of the lure of an open net.
Annie Devlin claimed another Tyrone point, a minute later as the rout continued. While Canavan again kept the scoreboard operator busy with a free on 53 minutes.
Chloe McCafferty and Maeve Maxwell then claimed late points for the Champions elect before with the last play of the game Canavan made a great run before finding Annie Devlin who dutifully smashed home goal number five for Tyrone.
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