In The Irish News - Jan 19 1998: Martin Early slams home late penalty goal to earn Tyrone draw in Hastings Cup
A LATE penalty goal by substitute Martin Early earned Tyrone a 3-6 to 1-12 draw in an exciting Hastings Cup (U21) clash at Dungannon.
The well-placed kick climaxed a spirited comeback by the home side, and indeed they had chances to win the game.
But in truth a Tyrone victory would have been something of an injustice, as they were outplayed for much of the contest by an impressive Westmeath side backboned by members of the 1995 All-Ireland winning team.
Westmeath, playing with the wind, made all the early running and were rewarded with a goal by a skilful corner forward Des Dolan.
They had built up a healthy lead with points by Tommy Cleary and Michael Ennis by the time Tyrone broke through for Michael Rea to slot home a goal just before half-time.
That score cut Westmeath’s lead to five points and when Rea’s opportunism earned him a second goal 10 minutes into the second half, Tyrone were right back in it.
And when Tyrone were awarded a penalty, Early made no mistake with the kick to earn his side its first point in the competition.
Tyrone: A Gillen, C McGinley, V Teague, C O’Hagan, C Gorley, B Meenagh, D McCrossan, C Martin, J Quinn, M Cochrane (0-1), B McElroy, J Campbell (0-1), S Douglas (0-1), B Eccles (0-2), M Rea (2-1).
Subs: J Ferguson for O’Hagan, C McCullagh for Eccles, M Coleman for McElroy, K Cunningham for Teague, M Early (1-0) for Cochrane.
Westmeath: A Lennon, D O’Brien, K Hickey, F Murray, M Gaye, A Canning, M Murtagh, D Gavin, O Kirby, D Martin (0-2), J Deehan (0-1), M Ennis (0- 2), T Cleary (0-4), C Keane, D Dolan (1-3).
Referee: G McCarron (Monaghan)
BIG Brian McLaughlin grabbed two late goals to power Donegal past Down, 2-13 to 1-12, in a thrilling Hastings Cup tie at Ballyshannon yesterday.
A paltry attendance saw senior star McLaughlin capitalise on a long ball into the Down defence and finish sweetly in the 53rd minute.
His second goal 40 seconds later had a strong element of good fortune as a mix up between two Down defenders allowed him to finish with aplomb.
Lively Down dominated for much of the first half – inspired by lanky senior star Sean Ward at full forward, who contributed handsomely to their 1-6 to 0-6 half-time lead.
In fact, Down retained their lead until the 50th minute and had some sweet points from Sloan and Fegan. Donegal dug deep and a steady supply of ball was fed to McLaughlin who finished with a personal total of 2-6.
Donegal scorers: B McLaughlin (2-6), M Hegarty (0-2), M Clerkin (0-2), J Carr (0-2), D Gibson (0-1).
Down scorers: S Ward (1-6), P Sloan (0-4), R Fegan (0-1), C Howlett (0-1)
DOWN had a useful workout against Queen’s in this football challenge game in St Patrick’s Park, Newcastle on Saturday.
In a most competitive encounter the superior fitness of the winners in the final 10 minutes turned the game their way, running out 1-15 to 2-7 winners.
Down’s newest star Shane Ward was outstanding scoring 1-6 of his side’s total and gave the Queen’s defence a real roasting.
Ward scored a goal and three points in a four-minute spell late while Mickey Linden added two points.
Down: P Travers; M McEvoy, B Burns, M McMurray; F Caulfield, M Magill, S Poland; S McMahon, A Molloy; B Loughran, P Sloan (0-1), A Quinn (0-3); J McAlinden, M Linden (0-5), S Ward (1-6)
Subs: E O’Hagan for S Poland; R McGovern for M McMurray; M McVeigh for P Travers
Queen’s: C Rafferty; E McNulty, C McGlennon, P Campbell; D McKenna, C Holmes, A O’Rourke (0-1); J McNulty (0-1), C Coleman (0-1); P McNulty, C McAnallen (0-3), J Considine (2- 0); M Rodgers, B Ward (0-1), N Clerkin
Sub: Conor Coleman for P McNulty
Ref: D Moore (Banbridge)