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Neighbours are all set to clash in semi-finals

The stage is set for two cracking battles of neighbours in the Ulster Under 21 Football Championship semi-finals next Wednesday.

In last night’s quarter-finals Derry proved too strong at Celtic Park for Fermanagh winning by |5-9 to 2-12 and will meet Donegal who overcame Armagh by 1-9 to |0-9 at Enniskillen.

And Monaghan, who triumphed by 2-12 to 2-6 over Antrim, will take on great rivals Cavan who caused the upset of the night when they demolished fancied Down by 3-14 to 1-8.

Derry looked to be on their way to a handsome win over Fermanagh when they led by 3-3 to |0-5 at half-time, Lee Moore’s brace of goals and another from Aaron Kerrigan underlining their first-half authority.

But the Ernesiders, despite having had a player sent off, staged a robust recovery with Chris O’Brien snapping up two goals and Darryl Keenan flighting over six points to keep the pressure on the Oak Leaf side who were only able to breathe more easily when sub Benny Herron cracked in their fifth goal.

Donegal, with a goal from James Carroll, outgunned a strangely lethargic Armagh side who relied on Francis Hanratty for four of their total of nine points in a tame affair.

It was Cavan though who turned in the best performance when they stunned champions Down at Kingspan Breffni Park. Seeking their third title on the trot, Down were left shell-shocked with Cavan’s goals from coming from Declan McKernan, Conor McClarey and sub Michael O’Reilly, Chris Duggan grabbing a late consolation goal.

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