Hurling League: Tyrone defeat Monaghan in decider

Tyrone manager Mattie Lennon saw his team defeat Ulster rivals Monaghan
Tyrone manager Mattie Lennon saw his team defeat Ulster rivals Monaghan

Tyrone continued their move up the Hurling League ladder after beating Monaghan 0-18 to 1-11 in Saturday's Division 3A final at Keady.

Monaghan sprinted into an early four-point lead but Tyrone hit back and went in 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

Stephen Lambe brought Monaghan level with a goal but the Red Hands surged clear and Farney defender Peter Treanor was sent-off late in the game.

Tyrone's triumph comes 12 months after they captured the Division 3A title.

Lambe and Ronan Meegan were on target as Monaghan made a bright start.

However, Tyrone fought back strongly and levelled the tie after 20 minutes, with a quartet of unanswered points, including two from Damian Casey and one from Gerard Gilmore before Conor Grogan equalised.

Lambe helped push Monaghan back ahead, and although Casey had a penalty shot blocked, Tyrone led by one at half-time.

Scores from Casey and Justin Kelly put the Red Hands further in front on the restart, but Lambe's goal on 42 minutes left it all-square.

Tyrone drove on to outscore their opponents by 0-9 to 0-5 in response to the goal, despite the efforts of Meegan, Lambe and Padraig Dowdall for Monaghan.

The Farney County's woes were further compounded late on, when full-back Peter Treanor was dismissed on a red card.

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