Swin­burne has de­ci­sive say as Mon­aghan lift the Mi­nor crown

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY STEVEN DOHERTY

MON­AGHAN gained re­venge for an ear­lier de­feat at Celtic Park to beat Derry 1-9 to 0-9 and win the Ul­ster Mi­nor Foot­ball ti­tle.

A penalty in the 52nd minute by Don­nach Swin­burne proved de­ci­sive for Mon­aghan at the Ath­letic Grounds.

Both sides bat­tled for supremacy through­out. How­ever, when Co­nan Milne scythed down Mon­aghan’s Jack Doogan late in the game, it gave ref­eree Mag­gie Far­relly lit­tle op­tion but to award the spot-kick.

Swin­burne dis­patched the penalty with ease to give the Oriels enough breath­ing space to hold off a gallant Derry side.

Derry scored the last three points of a very close first half to edge ahead by the min­i­mum at half-time, lead­ing 0-6 to 0-5.

The se­cond half con­tin­ued very much as the first had ended with Sean Jones and Aaron Mul­li­gan scores can­celling out points from Ethan Doherty and Enda Downey for Derry.

How­ever, the key score was the con­verted penalty.

Frees from Con­leth McGuckin for Derry, and then Aaron Mul­li­gan, brought this tightly-fought con­test to an end. Mon­aghan cap­tain Bren­dan Duffy pro­ceeded to lift the Fa­ther Murray Cup.

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