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Millar's double strike crucial as young Red Hands reach semi-final

 

By jJohn Campbell

A two-goal blast from Daniel Millar proved crucial in securing Tyrone's place in the Ulster U17 Special Football Competition semi-finals when they beat a plucky Donegal side by 2-9 to 1-7 on Saturday.

Tyrone will now meet Down in the last four next Saturday and will certainly look to Millar again as well as to Darragh Canavan, son of Red Hands legend Peter, to provide the bulk of their fire-power.

A first half-goal from Millar bolstered Tyrone, but with Shay McDevitt in fine form, Donegal remained on their opponents' shoulder.

At one stage in the second-half Tyrone were clinging to a tenuous 1-8 to 1-7 lead before Canavan fired over three late points which were complemented by Millar's second goal in injury-time to take the Red Hands through to a confrontation with Down.

And that certainly won't be an easy task given that the Mourne outfit were far too strong for Monaghan winning by 4-17 to 1-6.

Antrim looked sharp in accounting for Armagh (3-9 to 1-11) while Cavan beat Derry by 3-16 to 1-8.

Cavan and Antrim will now meet in Saturday's other semi-final.

In the opening match in the All-Ireland Championship series, Sligo beat New York by 1-21 to 1-13 last night after the Big Apple side at one stage had looked capable of pulling off a shock result.

But Clive Cawley's goal and points from Aidan Devanney, Stephen Coen and Adrian Marron (2) saw Sligo home.

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