‘Money can’t buy that’ – Paul Devlin delights in Tyrone’s EirGrid U20 All-Ireland triumph


Tyrone U20s manager Paul Devlin paid tribute to the players on the fringe of the county panel after their EirGrid U20s All-Ireland Football Championship triumph.

Kildare never gave up the fight, but Tyrone proved to be too good for the Lilywhites in the U20s All-Ireland final as they claimed a 1-20 to 1-14 victory in Carrick-On-Shannon.

Astonishingly, both teams scored a goal in the opening 90 seconds of the match, but Tyrone established control after a frantic start and led by four points at half time.

Devlin’s men were able to keep Kildare at bay in the second half to ultimately be crowned as All-Ireland champions, and the Tyrone manager was full of praise for his players in the post-match interview with TG4.

Paul Devlin on Tyrone’s U20s All-Ireland triumph.

“When you see the parents with the lads, it’s a great day and a great occasion for them. Money can’t buy that,” Devlin said.

“You meet some of the parents all year and they thank us for what we’re doing for the lads but realistically, the lads came from a good background. They’re a brilliant group of lads and I want to put it on the record, the men from 16 to 31.

“They’re the heroes to me today, the effort they put in all year in driving the lads on. Massive, massive congratulations to those lads. It’s just a great day for Tyrone.”

Kildare fought until the end.

Disappointment was the overriding emotion for Kildare boss Brian Flanagan, although he stressed how proud he was of his players for their performance.

“We knew coming into this game that we were facing an outstanding Tyrone U20 football team that had big players up top, a really strong defence and strong midfield. We knew exactly what we were coming up against,” Flanagan explained.

“To beat that we needed big performances across the field. We needed probably to put in our best performance of the year… I’m proud of our lads. Very, very proud. They never gave up. They fought until the end.

“The lads that came in contributed as best they could. So I suppose a mixture of disappointment obviously and pride in the lads and the effort that they put in. They never stopped.”

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