Dungannon claim 24th Tyrone hurling title

DUNGANNON Eoghan Ruadh are the Tyrone hurling champions for the second consecutive year following a narrow two point victory in the final over Eire Og.

The reigning champions once again captured the Benburb Cup thanks to a 1-20 to 2-15 win in a thrilling final at Healy Park.

There was no shortage of quality hurling as these old rivals produced a free-scoring encounter.


It was the champions who laid the foundations for their win during the opening period. Points from Damien Casey, Tiarnan Morgan, Matthew Mulgrew and Kiefer Morgan saw them into an early 0-8 to 0-4 lead.

Justin Kelly and Dermot Begley led the way for Eire Ogs, who reduced the deficit down to two points, 0-13 to 1-8, at half-time, the goal a great effort from Bryan McGurk.

They worked hard to try and cut the deficit still further on the resumption, when Justin Kelly spearheaded their efforts. His point in the 15th minute brought them level at 0-15 to 1-12 and they looked capable of capitalising.

A goal from Brannan Morgan and points courtesy of Tiarnan Morgan gave Dungannon the edge again. Dermot Begley did respond quickly for Carrickmore, but they were unable to complete the comeback as the champions held out for victory.

Full report, photographs and analysis in Monday’s Tyrone Herald.

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