Euphoria for Moy as Tyrone GAA Intermediate Championship celebrations begin…
Moy celebrates with a 1st Intermediate title in 35 years…
Sean Cavanagh summed up the length of a wait for an Intermediate championship success in Moy as he tweeted “1st Club Championship since before I was born. Feels like I’m home…#UTM”.
After final defeats in 1998 and 2008, Moy looked to be heading for a comfortable title win after another two-goal salvo from county player, Harry Loughran, against the impressive league champions. But in the end, it proved to be a titanic struggle with the Tir na n’Ogs edging the honours by the minimum, with a point late on.
Fergal McAliskey opened the scoring in the game for the League champions before Tyrone GAA legend, Sean Cavanagh, opened Moy’s account on the day with a pointed free on 12 minutes. After Patrick Quinn put the Barry’s ahead with a point it was Harry Loughran who edged the Tir na n’Ogs ahead for the first time with a point and well-taken goal, 1-2 to 0-2, on 25 minutes. Cavanagh added the second point as Moy went in at the interval with a 1-3 to 0-2 lead in a low-scoring opening period.
Loughran, who had scored two goals in the semi-final, made it a successive ‘brace of goals’ when he added a second on 36 minutes to make it 2-4 to 0-4 and give Moy a decisive 6 point advantage in the tie. However, points from Tomas Carney and Ciaran Gervin and a Ciaran Quinn goal suddenly changed the complexion of the game, leaving just one between them going into the final quarter.
Patrick Quinn levelled the match and it was not until the 57th minute that Ryan Coleman ended a 22-minute spell without a score for Moy and put his club ahead, 2-5 to 1-7.
That ultimately proved to be a championship winner as Moy held out for a one-point title-winning victory.
Moy Scorers: Harry Loughran (2-1), Sean Cavanagh (0-2), Colm Cavanagh (0-1), Ryan Coleman (0-1)
Derrylaughan Scorers: Ciaran Quinn (1-1), Patrick Quinn (0-2), Fergal McAliskey (0-2), Ciaran Gervin (0-1), Tomas Carney (0-1)