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Darragh Canavan, son of Peter, bags this goal of the year contender as Tyrone lift All-Ireland U17 crown

Canavan finished with 1-3 after a delightful display from centre-forward.

Tyrone 2-18

Roscommon 0-15

Kevin O’Brien reports from Croke Park

TYRONE LIFTED THE inaugural All-Ireland U17 football title after a well-deserved nine-point win over Roscommon in Croke Park this afternoon.

Darragh Canavan, son of Tyrone legend Peter, was the star of the show. He bagged a stunning second-half goal to seal the victory and finished with 1-3 to his name.

It was a happy return to HQ for Canavan and a number of his team-mates who lost the All Ireland Post Primary Schools final with St Ciaran’s, Ballygawley at the same venue back in April.

Tyrone looked out of sight at half-time when they led by 0-13 to 0-5, with Canavan, Ehtan Jordan, Cormac Donaghy and Daniel Miller all looking lively in the opening 30 minutes.

Tyrone flag Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

To their credit, Roscommon came to life in the second-half. St Brigid’s midfielder Shane Cunnane, a tremendous prospect, took control in midfield as the Rossies fought back to within four points by the 49th minute.

The Red Hand hit nine wides in the second-half but Canavan’s moment of genius ten minutes from the end put the game to bed. He came racing onto the ball and sent a bullet into the topmost corner of the net.

Roscommon substitute Darragh Walsh clipped over three points after his introduction, but Mark Hayes ran in a late goal for Tyrone to seal the victory.

Scorers for Tyrone: Darragh Canavan 1-3, Ethan Jordan 0-6 (0-4f), Cormac Donaghy (0-1f) and Daniel Miller 0-3 each, Mark Hayes 1-0, Michael Conroy 0-2, Tarlach Quinn 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: Shane Cunnane (0-2f), Darragh Walsh (0-1f) and Peter Gillooly 0-3 each, John Martin, Paul Carey, Ciaran Sugrue, Paul McGrath and Albert Looby 0-1 each.

Tyrone

1. Lorcan Quinn (Domhnach Mor)

2. Antoin Fox (Loch Mhic Ruairi)
3. Matthew McCusker (Cill Iseal)
4. Conor Ward (An Charraig)

5. Ruairi Slane (An Charraig Mhor)
6. Cormac Monroe (An Charraig Mhor)
&. Tarlach Quinn (Baile na Mona)

8. Matthew Murnaghan (Coill an Chlochair)
9. Joe Oguz (Aireagal Chiarain)

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10. Cormac Donaghy (Cill Iseal)
11. Darragh Canavan (Aireagal Chiarain)
12. Daniel Miller (Cill Iseal)

13. Ethan Jordan (An Eaglais)
14. Cormac Donnelly (An Gallbhaile)
15. Tomas Hoy (Cill Iseal)

Subs

21. Mark Hayes (Coill an Chlochair) for Hoy (39)
23. Oisin McHugh (Cluain Eo) for Slane (39)
18. Michael Conroy (An Mhaigh) for Donnelly (45)
20. Liam Gray (Tri Leac) for Donaghy (58)

Roscommon

1. Michael O’Donnell (St Faithleachs)

2. Dylan Horan (Roscommon Gaels)
3. Jack Keane (Castlerea/St Kevins)
4. Pearse Frost (St Brigids)

5. Ciaran Lawless (Oran)
11. Paul Carey (Padraig Pearses)
7. John Martin (Oran)

8. Tomas McManus (St Ronans)
9. Shane Cunnane (St Brigids)

10. Niall Higgins (Elphin)

12. Andrew Lyons (Castlerea/St Kevins)

13. Peter Gillooly (Roscommon Gaels)
14. James Larkin (Castlerea/St Kevins)
15. Ciaran Sugrue (St Brigids)

Subs

21. Paul McGrath (St Brigid’s) for Larkin (28)
17. Darragh Murray (St Brigid’s) for McManus (ht)
19. Paul McManus (Clan na nGael) for Lawless (38)
18. Darragh Walsh (Oran) for Sugrue (41)
20. Darran Duff (Clann na nGael) for Horan (50)
24. Ryan Donoghue (Monivea/Abbey) for Lennon (59)

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)

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