All-Ireland Minor Football: Tyrone and Monaghan beaten

Kieran McGeary of Tyrone minors in action against Monaghan
Kieran McGeary of Tyrone minors in action against Monaghan

Ulster hopefuls Tyrone and Monaghan both exited from the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship on Sunday night although in contrasting fortunes.

Stephen Coogan's 59th-minute goal earned Meath a 2-12 to 1-14 win over a shellshocked Tyrone side at Newry.

Sean Hackett hit Tyrone's goal in the first half as the sides were level at 1-7 to 1-7 at the interval.

Also at Newry, Dublin led 0-7 to 0-2 against Monaghan at half-time and went on to earn a 1-16 to 0-8 victory.

After a heavy Leinster final defeat against Dublin, Meath bounced back in impressive fashion to lay on a confident display against a fancied Red Hand side.

Meath made a dream start with a goal after just 12 seconds, Barry Dardis palming to the net at the far post after Jason Daly and Cillian O'Sullivan had combined on the right.

Tyrone responded with a superb fifth-minute goal, Hackett slicing through the Royal defence to drill the ball to the bottom corner of the net.

They were level at 1-7 each at the break and Bradley angled over a couple of superb points to tie it up at 1-12 each and set up a thrilling climax.

But Meath rallied for O'Sullivan to cross from the right, and when the Tyrone defence failed to clear, Coogan scrambled over a dramatic winning goal.

Tyrone finished with 14 men after defender Conor Mallon received a straight red card.

Padraig Keenan hit four of Monaghan's points in the earlier game but Stephen Cunningham's second-half goal emphasised Dublin's superiority.

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