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Champions Tyrone quickly find their groove against Cavan

Tyrone 1-15 Cavan 0-3

By Declan Bogue

Published 17/03/2016

Tyrone Under-21 manager Feargal Logan
Tyrone Under-21 manager Feargal Logan

Feargal Logan's Tyrone made a successful start to the defence of their Ulster and All-Ireland Under-21 titles, coming through a tricky first round game against Cavan.

Their opponents, who captured four consecutive Ulster titles at this level at the start of the decade, made a much quicker start than the Red Hands, getting 0-4 to 0-0 ahead in the opening quarter.

It took a stream of points from Cathal McShane to cancel out the deficit and by the time the teams made their way back to the dressing rooms for half-time, Tyrone were already in the lead, 0-6 to 0-5.

A brilliant Colm Byrne goal gave them a foothold on the game and they were soon to add another from Ben McDonnell to grab a 2-9 to 0-8 lead.

The game finished 2-10 to 0-10 and they now face Donegal in the semi-final on March 30.

It appeared that Declan Bonner's Donegal were having a comfortable evening against neighbours Derry, leading 0-9 to 0-3 at the break, but an injection of life came when the Oak Leafs hit two goals courtesy of senior panellists Niall Loughlin and Niall Toner to give them the lead with seven minutes remaining.

Donegal recovered their composure and were soon back on level pegging, before Stephen McBrearty converted a close-in free to put them into the lead as they entered additional time, holding out for a 0-14 to 2-7 win.

The other game of the night was almost as big a non-contest as Armagh's win over Down. Monaghan held a two-point advantage over Fermanagh at half-time, but the Ernemen failed to register a score in the entire second-half, Ciaran McBride's men winning 1-15 to 0-3 to set-up a semi-final against Armagh.

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