Moy 0-9 Rostrevor 0-8
MOY maintained Tyrone’s proud track record in the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship with a hard-fought victory over dogged Down challengers Rostrevor in Sunday’s provincial decider at the Armagh Athletic Grounds.
The Tir na Nogs played against the breeze for the opening half but struck first with a Harry Loughran point from play after two minutes.
Rostrevor would soon set their own stall out, however, scoring the next three points to take an early advantage, Piaras Kane, Conor Magee and Mooney (13m free) all splitting the posts.
A converted Sean Cavanagh free in the tenth minute did little to undermine the confidence of the Down champions as they stormed into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the start of the second quarter with the help of two long-range frees from their goalkeeper Jonathan Parr.
Moy’s well organised defence would keep Rostrevor scoreless for the remainder of the half as the Sky Blues gradually clawed their way back onto level terms. Two more Sean Cavanagh frees and a well taken point from play deep into injury-time by captain Eunan Deeney gave the Moy crowd plenty of cause for optimism at the break. Half-time score: An Mhaigh 0-5 Rostrevor 0-5.
Tensions were high as both teams made their way off the field for the end of the first half and again as the teams took to the field for the restart. However, roared on by a vociferous support, it was the Tyrone side who stepped up another gear to kick the opening three points of the second half. A Sean Cavanagh free and points from play by Harry Loughran and Eunan Deeney put the Tír na nÓgs in a strong position with twenty minutes to play.
It took Rostrevor all of fifteen minutes in this half to register a score but a converted Caolan Mooney free-kick was soon cancelled out by a fine Declan Conroy point from play.
Yet, with the finishing line in sight, the Tyrone champions struggled to close the game out. Rostrevor’s indiscipline saw them reduced to thirteen players for the closing stages of this tension-filled game but they were still able to provide a mini-revival with the help of two more Caolan Mooney free-kicks.
With only one point separating the sides going into a prolonged period of injury-time, Moy nerves were severely tested. However, the team held out nd it was with a huge sense of both relief and unrelenting joy that the people of the Moy greeted the final whistle.
Sean Cavanagh (0-4, 0-4 frees), Harry Loughran (0-2), Eunan Deeney (0-2), Declan Conroy (0-1).
Caolan Mooney (0-4, 0-3 frees), Jonathan Parr (0-2, 0-2 frees), Piaras Kane, Conor Magee (0-1 each).
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