It’s not often that a team finds itself engaged in competitive action ten days after capturing an All-Ireland title.
But that’s the situation that the Derry encountered last night when the Ulster Minor football championship moved into top gear.
On Sunday week last Martin Boyle’s Oak Leaf side stunned fancied Kerry in the 2020 national decider but last night they found Armagh too hot to handle in a stirring Ulster minor championship quarter-final battle at Owenbeg.
Armagh won by 0-12 to 0-11, their strong finish highlighted by points from Ethan McKenna, Tadgh Grimley and Aaron O’Neill with the winner coming from Callum O’Neill.
If Armagh rose to the occasion, Tyrone did likewise by overwhelming Down by 3-16 to 0-9. The Red Hands led by 2-5 to 0-5 at half-time their goals coming from Shea O’Hare and Gavin Potter and when the outstanding Ruairi McHugh added a third Tyrone were able to coast to victory.
Fermanagh served up something of a surprise by getting the better of Cavan by 1-12 to 1-11 after having been in arrears in the first-half until Caoilte Farry and Cian O’Brien helped to point them to victory. O’Brien’s goal was to prove decisive in the final analysis of an absorbing tie.
Donegal proved too sharp for Monaghan in the end of a tense encounter. Luke McGlynn’s goal from a penalty gave Donegal a 1-4 to 0-5 interval lead and they went on to wwin by 1-9 to 0-10.