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Derry manage to get over the line in real goal-fest


John Campbell

By John Campbell

Derry survived a scare before coming out on top against Armagh in a thrilling Ulster U20 football championship tie at Owenbeg last night.

The Oak Leaf side looked to be in trouble at the start of the second-half when Conor Turbit and Cian McConville plundered goals for the visitors but Oisin McWilliams and Ben McCarron responded with similar scores that left Derry adrift at 2-10 to 2-6.

But Derry's pace and penetration were to pay dividends when Paul Cassidy landed a third goal before Padraig McGrogan and Ethan Doherty killed off Armagh's challenge with further goals that saw their side triumph by 5-12 to 2-13.

Fermanagh, meanwhile, stunned Donegal in last night's other quarter-final by winning by 0-14 to 0-12 thanks to two late, late points from Fergal McGovern. Dara McBrien, Johnny Cassidy, Ultan Kelm and Eoin Beacom were outstanding in what was an outstanding achievement by the Erne side.

The championship will, move up a gear tomorrow when Tyrone and Down lock horns at Healy Park, Omagh (4.00) in one of the two remaining quarter-finals with neighbours Cavan and Monaghan going into action at Kingspan Breffni (4.00) in the other tie.

The Red Hands and the Mourne outfit have already captured silverware in the U20 Development League with Tyrone winning the Philly McGuinness Cup and Down collecting the Leo Murphy Cup.

Tyrone include several talented players among them Darragh Canavan, son of the legendary Peter Canavan, Ruairi Gormley, and Matthew Murnaghan.

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