When? October 25, 1992
What? Ulster Club First Round
Wh0? Lavey (Derry) 0-9 Moortown (Tyrone) 0-7
Where? Dean McGlinchey Park, Ballinascreen
Whistler? Mick McGrath (Donegal)
NEW Tyrone champions, Moortown, came close to upsetting the odds by ousting their illustrious opponents who at the time were ranked among the best club teams in the country.
As the club championships in each of the nine counties gather pace, this provincial clash from 23 years ago provides an indication of how the underdogs often revel in the role. For the St Malachy’s were given little chance beforehand and came agonisingly close to eliminating a Lavey side who won the All-Ireland just the previous year.
The two point margin between them at the finish indicates the closeness of the exchanges.
However, it was the Derry champions who made most of the early running and would have won further ahead but for the display of Tyrone’s Paul Devlin in the Moortown defence.
At one stage close to half-time Lavey led by three points, with Brian McCormick, Seamus Downey and Don Mulholland to the fore for them. Indeed, the tussle between Seamus Downey and Chris Lawn was one of the highlights of the tie.
Martin Quinn, Conrad Quinn and Stephen Lawn were prominent for Moortown in the scoring stakes, although their defence emerged with the greatest plaudits. The determination of Paul Devlin, Chris Lawn, Fred McVey and Damien Hagan kept them very much in touch.
But Lavey pulled down the shutters during the closing stages and held out for the win on that final score of 0-9 to 0-7.