Sunday 23 October 2016

Joy for Red Hand's U21s after nine year drought

U-21 FC

TYRONE became the third team to book their spot in this year's Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 FC semi-finals after capturing the Ulster crown in Celtic Park last night with a 1-11 to 0-13 victory over Donegal.

Daniel McNulty's injury-time 30 metre free ensured a one-point victory for Tyrone - their first provincial crown at the grade for nine years and a success that consigned Donegal to a third Ulster final defeat in three years.

The Red Hands will now play Roscommon on Saturday week in the All-Ireland semi-final, with Dublin awaiting the winner of tonight's Munster final between Cork and Tipperary.

In the Munster minor hurling championship, meanwhile, Cork made light work of Limerick in Páirc Uí Rinn last night, ensuring a spot in the semi-finals of the competition with a 2-20 to 1-13 win.

Limerick, for whom Anthony Daly served as a coach as part of his new post in the Limerick hurling academy, actually led by 1-9 to 0-5 approaching half-time, before Tim O'Mahony's rebounded goal and a Shane Kingston point left just three between the teams at the break.

Cork's momentum continued, culminating in an unanswered scoring statement of 1-6 and Kingston's goal ensured a comfortable closing period for Denis Ring's team.

In the night's other match in Thurles, Tipperary just did enough to get past last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists, Waterford by 1-14 to 0-16.

In a match during which Tipp's starting forwards managed just a goal from play between them, the Deise were arguably the better side but Ruadhán Mulrooney's goal on the stroke of half-time gave the Premier county an advantage they scarcely deserved.

Waterford now face Limerick in play-off to determine which team survives in what will be a repeat of last year's Munster final.

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