Tyrone triumph over Down at Clones in Ulster Final

The McGlone Family Tyrone.
Andrew Madden

THE sun was splitting the sky at Clones yesterday as Tyrone rode their way a second back-to-back Ulster title.

Before the game, the narrow streets of the town thronged with people, ensuring the pubs around the ground did a good day's trade.

As the players took to the field, Sinn Féin's northern leader Michelle O’Neill took to social media to voice her support for her home county.

"Looking forward to a great Ulster final, the sun is shining, the mood is great, Ádh mór to both teams.....(but here, up Tyrone!)" she wrote.

Tens of thousands of fans filled St Tiernach's Park to watch Mickey Harte's men secure a comfortable victory over Down to clinch the title for the fifteenth time.

Among the many faces in the stand was GAA director general Padraig Duffy and president Aogán Ó Fearghail.

As the game took shape, the sound from the Down fans became quieter and quieter as they realised that their search for a first Ulster title since 1994 would continue.

The Mournemen now have now appeared in six Ulster finals since then, losing five and drawing one.

Tyrone were in control for the majority of the game and as the final whistle blew, their supporters raced on to the pitch in jubilation.

One fan mounted the goal posts and waved his red and white flag above his head while the players were hoisted into the air in celebration.

As the post-match celebrations died down, winning captain Sean Cavanagh led his team up into the stands to raise the trophy, flanked by his young daughter.

Eileen Taggart Niamh Delahunt and Lilly McCarron Daughter of Cathal McCarron.

Anne, Fergal and Ruairi McCormack Down.

The McGlone Family Tyrone.

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