Derry recovered from the disappointment of losing the Ulster Minor decider to qualify for the All Ireland semi final when they proved too strong for Munster champions Cork at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday evening.
It was a game that the Oak Leaf lads controlled from start to finish and their manager Martin Boyle acknowledged that the Ulster final defeat to Tyrone drove them on.
“We watched the Ulster Final video on the Wednesday after the game and the boys were very honest about the way that they played, there was a great deal of hurt there,” said Boyle.
“From that there was a determination the balance and get back to their standards particularly from a defensive point of view, that was a major focus for us.
“We knew that if we were defensively solid and take the scores that came our way we would be hard to beat and that is how it transpired.
“We did leave a lot of scores behind us but that is something that we will improve on.
“Tactically I’m really, really proud of the boys and the way that they implemented our game plan.
“We were well prepared for this game and I would say that last Tuesday night was the best session that we had all year.
The boys really went at it at training as we tried to mimic how the Cork attack would play and it came off for us and now we can look forward to an All-Ireland semi-final.”
Derry set their stall out from the start as they raced into a three point lead by the 10th minute with Ciaran Chambers getting two of those scores.
Olan O’Donovan opened Cork’s account but they were to score just once more in the half as efforts from Odhran Murphy and Chambers left the winners 0-5 to 0-2 in front.
The start of the second-half also proved crucial as well as again Derry had three unanswered scores from Ruairi Forbes, Chambers and Odhran Crozier to take the game away from their opponents.
Colm Gillespie had a Cork point but Eoin Higgins and Murphy responded for Derry as they eased eight points clear.
Cork had three late scores from Brian Hayes (2) and Gillespie but they were only academic at that stage as Derry eased their way through to the last four.
Derry scorers: C Chambers 0-4 (2F), O Murphy 0-2, O Crozier 0-2 (1F, 1 “45”), E Higgins 0-2 (1F), R Forbes 0-1, S Birt 0-1.
Cork scorers: B Hayes 0-3 (2F), C Gillespie 0-2, O O’Donovan 0-1.