Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Down up for Cavan test

Cavan are chasing three consecutive Ulster Under-21 titles and tonight face Down in what should be an entertaining semi-final.

Former county player Peter Reilly has taken over after Terry Hyland took sole charge of the county's senior side but Cavan's recent revival at underage level continued with that gutsy win, after they produced a stunning extra-time performance.

County senior Jack Brady was to the fore in that game, landing eight points, while Fergal Flanagan also put in a good performance and the pair are in line for a third successive Ulster medal.

Full-back Killian Clarke is another who can provide a calming influence having featured for the county's senior side. And while Cavan have an obvious edge in experience, Down can't be discounted after beating Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.

Their senior side might be struggling to retain their Division One status in the league but the Mourne men's U21s were far more convincing winners than a three-point margin suggests against the Orchard boys.

The Johnston brothers, Ryan and Jerome, Michael Cunningham, Conor Gough, Danny Savage and Darragh O'Hanlon are all bright prospects but they might fall short against a well-organised Breffni side.

Donegal face Derry in the other semi-final at Omagh.

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