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Derry end Monaghan's reign as Ernesiders are blown away

By Colm Shalvey

Derry ended Monaghan's reign as Ulster Under-21 champions with a 3-10 to 1-11 win in their quarter-final clash at Inniskeen. A goal by Jamie Donaghy got the Oak Leafs going after a slow start and they were never behind once they moved ahead as half-time approached, going on to lead by 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval.

Substitute Tiernan Flanagan added a brace of majors after being introduced for the second half to dispose of a Monaghan side that finished the game with just two of the team that won last year's provincial title.

The hosts won two penalties, with David Garland being denied from the first and David McAlister converting the second.

Monaghan were left to pay for their tally of a dozen wides and for failing to capitalise on a couple of goal chances, but Derry were worthy winners over the hour, with Peter Hagan influential throughout and Conor Feeney, Niall Keenan and Jordan Curran also making an impression.

There was a one-sided encounter in Enniskillen, Cavan proving far too strong for Fermanagh.

Cavan kicked seven unanswered points in the opening quarter on their way to a 0-10 to 0-3 half-time advantage.

They continued their dominance after the restart with 1-7 without reply, including a goal from Conor Smith. The Ernemen could only manage one point in the second half and Peter Corrigan added a second goal late on to seal a 2-19 to 0-4 victory for Cavan.

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