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Derry U21 side honour Aodhan's memory by reaching semi-finals

By John Campbell

The death of Aodhan O'Donnell in tragic circumstances last week cast a huge shadow over Derry's build-up to the All-Ireland Under 21 'B' Hurling Championship quarter-final meeting with Mayo at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Aodhan had been a popular member of the Na Magha club as well as being a member of the county U21 squad. When it was resolved that the match should go ahead, the Derry players sought to honour the memory of their colleague by coming out on top and reaching the last four of the competition.

Following a pre-match tribute to Aodhan, this is precisely what they did. The Oak Leaf side built up a 1-8 to 0-9 half-time lead but Mayo retaliated strongly in the third quarter. However, Derry's spirit was such that they had no intention of playing second fiddle to their Connacht opponents and two further goals helped to seal a significant victory.

Meanwhile, Limerick wrote a significant chapter in their hurling history yesterday when they beat Kilkenny in a championship match for the first time in 45 years.

Limerick's 0-27 to 1-22 win means they will meet Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final.

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