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Clonoe 0-10 0-9 Dromore

Shaun O'Neill of Dromore in action against Aidan Brady and Damian Burke of Clonoe
Shaun O'Neill of Dromore in action against Clonoe in the final

Clonoe lifted their sixth Tyrone SFC title and a first since 1991 with a dramatic extra-time win over defending champions Dromore at Healy Park.

However, the match will also be remembered for dreadful scenes at the end of normal time when Dromore manager Noel McGinn headbutted a Clonoe sub.

Clonoe player Emmett Teague reacted by headbutting McGinn and both men are now facing hefty suspensions.

Tyrone GAA chiefs have already said that an investigation will be held.

Dromore's Emmett O'Neill had been sent off in the first half of the game but the match had been largely played in the right spirit before the headbutting incidents at the end of normal time.

Only one point from play was scored in the first half, Eoin O'Neill's effort helping Dromore to a 0-5 to 0-3 lead.

But Dromore were reduced to 14 men when corner forward Emmet O'Neill received a straight red card.

A low-scoring second half saw Dromore ease ahead through Colm Donnelly, but points from Shane McMahon and Shaun O'Neill regained the lead for Dromore, before Stephen McNulty's third converted free levelled it at 0-7 each.

Dromore were restored to a full complement of 15 players for extra-time, and they were still deadlocked on 0-8 each halfway through.

Dromore manager Noel McGinn
Dromore boss Noel McGinn looks certain to land a hefty ban

But Clonoe showed immense courage in the final segment, and a McNulty '45 proved to be the winner.

After the game, Dromore boss McGinn apologised for the incident at the end of normal time, when he was involved in a clash with a Clonoe player as the teams left the field.

"I was very disappointed with myself," said the former Tyrone player, who guided Dromore to their first-ever SFC title last season.

"I know exactly what I did, and I am going to have to take full responsibility for that, but in no way should the club suffer.

"It was a silly thing, and somebody of my experience should have known better, and I want to apologise to the Clonoe club."

Despite McGinn's contrition, he can expected to land a ban of at least six months and, most likely, longer.

A statement from the Tyrone County Board on Sunday evening said:"The Tyrone CCC (Competitions Control Committee) will be conducting a full investigation into the incident which occurred at full-time in the Tyrone Senior Football Championship final."

TV footage clearly showed the headbutting incidents and Tyrone chiefs will ask to receive a copy of the match video from the broadcaster.



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