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Derry step up the pace in bid to retain their minor crown


By John Campbell

Ulster minor football champions Derry certainly have no intention of surrendering their title easily judging by the manner in which they disposed of Fermanagh at the weekend having sped past Armagh in their previous outing.

Paddy Campbell's side may have made a sluggish start against the Ernesiders at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, but when they built up a head of steam after half-time they proved unstoppable, winning by 2-11 to 0-5.

Eoghan Hawe again underlined his value to the side by grabbing two goals while Enda Downey and Shea Murray were also impressive up front.

Enda Love and Darragh McBrien did their best to bolster Fermanagh's resistance but the team lacked cohesion and drive when Derry pulled the strings in the second half.

Monaghan also have the provincial crown in their sights following a hard-earned extra-time victory over Down yesterday.

Seamus McEnaney's side came out on top by 1-20 to 1-16 when Sean Jones, Aaron Mulligan and Ryan Connolly stepped smartly up to the mark.

It had been a late equaliser from Connolly that saw the sides finish at 1-12 each at the end of normal time but Monaghan found a new lease of life in extra time.

Yet they owe a debt of gratitude to goalkeeper Ryan Farrelly, who made a number of fine saves.

Donnacha Swinburne grabbed Monaghan's goal in the 44th minute after Anthony Morgan had landed a Down goal three minutes after half-time.

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