Champions through to final
Cavan 2-8 Derry 1-9
Derry found reigning Ulster champions Cavan too strong in Wednesday night’s U21 football championship semi-final at Brewster Park, Enniskillen where the finesse of full-forward Kevin Tierney proved crucial.
Not only did he hammer home a crucial Cavan goal but his creativity discomfited the Derry rearguard throughout although Emmett McGuckin’s marksmanship in particular helped sustain the Oak Leaf challenge.
Derry led by 1-3 to 1-2 at the break, McGuckin’s goal underpinning their efforts, but when the tempo was stepped up after the interval it was Cavan who looked the more composed side.
The decisive moment came with 10 minutes left.
A Cavan free from Jack Brady came into the danger zone and Paddy King — a nephew of the famous Stephen — rose to punch to the net. There was a hint of square ball, but protests were minimal.
Tierney rounded off the Cavan scoring with seven minutes left of the game.
Cavan meet Tyrone in what promises to be an intriguing final.
Cavan: C Gilsenan; J Morris, K Clarke, J McLoughlin (0-1); D Sexton, C Moynagh, M Brady; P Leddy, K Brady; J Dillon (0-2), C Conroy, F Flanagan; R Lynch, K Tierney (1-5, 1f), J Brady. Subs: P King (1-0) for K Brady (ht); S Nolan for Morris (51m); E O’Reilly for Lynch (55m); S Cadden for Dillon (58m).
Derry: K Farren; K McKeague, R Ferris, F Duffin; K Johnston, R Moore, K Conway; C Bradley, D Johnston; C Spiers, B Herron, E McKillion; B Quigg, A Devlin (0-3, 2f), E McGuckian (1-3, 1f, 1’45’). Subs: E Bradley (0-3, 2f) for McKillion; P McNeill for Quigg; N Rocks for Duffin; T Martin for C Bradley; F Bell for Spiers.