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Last Updated: Monday, 26 September 2005, 19:14 GMT 20:14 UK
Lawn joins Canavan in retirement
ALL-IRELAND FOOTBALL FINAL
Peter Canavan celebrating his goal against Kerry
Chris Lawn has joined Peter Canavan in announcing his retirement from intercounty football in the wake of Tyrone's All-Ireland triumph.

Lawn did an excellent job in the Tyrone defence after being introduced early in the second half of Sunday's final.

Canavan departed the intercounty scene on the highest possible note by scoring Tyrone's goal in the 1-16 to 2-10 win.

"I've spent enough time on the treatment table," said the 34-year-old Errigal Ciaran star.

"It'll give some of the younger players a chance to make the team."

Canavan scored a real striker's goal in sliding the ball home in Tyrone's 2-10 to 1-16 victory over the Kingdom.

He also popped over a trademark point in the second half when Tyrone were under a little pressure near the end.

It has been a super roller-caster ride for the Cookstown schoolteacher.

He captained Tyrone to their All-Ireland football title in 2003 after fruitless attempts in his much-vaunted career.

They defeated favourites Armagh, and once again Canavan, who despite carrying an injury, played his part.

A diminutive player with speed and guile while he had possessed two crafted feet that were blessed with uncanny accuracy.

You can not only look back at Sunday's contribution but the way he effortlessly caressed the injury-time winning point over the bar in the memorable semi-final victory over fierce rivals Armagh on 4 September.

Now it will be all memories with Canavan saying that he felt he had felt privileged to have been able to play alongside so many great players in the Tyrone squad.




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