Shannon Lynch retires from inter-county duty with Tyrone

Shannon Lynch has ended her inter county career with Tyrone. The 28 year old goalkeeper confirmed what she described as “a heart-breaking decision” on the eve of Tyrone’s return to training and the start of a new season.

The Castlederg player will continue to play a leading role for her club side, where she plays at centre field and coaches youngsters.

Shannon confirmed her intention to step aside to new manager Kevin Mc Crystal  at the beginning of this week after a tough weekend of soul searching.

Work commitments, however, meant she could not offer Tyrone as much commitment as she wanted to give.

Quiet and unassuming off the park, Shannon did her talking on it, as many a Tyrone defender would testify.

She controlled the defence, cajoled them and indeed berated them on occasions, but she was always assured between the sticks, and she grew into the position from 2010, despite being on the wrong side of some tough outings.

Manager McCrystal, who has spent the week running the rule over his squad, admitted he was saddened by the news.

“It’s a sad day for Tyrone ladies football, Shannon has been a stalwart figure for the seniors, a great servant,” he said.

“I fully understand her work commitments will be a big demand on her this year, we tried several options to ensure she would still be able to play but Shannon is an honest girl, she wanted to give her all and I have to respect that

“She felt if she couldn’t give a 100% there was no point, the door will always be open to her and I know we will all miss her.”

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