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Like father: Matthew Downey led the Derry minors to All-Ireland glory. Credit: INPHO/John McVitty

Like father: Matthew Downey led the Derry minors to All-Ireland glory. Credit: INPHO/John McVitty

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Like father: Matthew Downey led the Derry minors to All-Ireland glory. Credit: INPHO/John McVitty

A momentous weekend in Gaelic football saw Tyrone and Monaghan emerge as the senior Ulster finalists, while the Derry minors won a sensational All-Ireland minor title in Tullamore, beating Kerry 2-12 to 1-14. 

28 years since Henry Downey lifted the Sam Maguire as Derry senior captain, his son Matthew had the honour or raising the Tom Markham Cup above his head for their fifth title at this level. 

On Saturday, Monaghan senior team paid tribute to the tragic death of Brendan Óg Duffy the only way they could with an incredible 4-17 to 2-21 win over Armagh. 

Their Under-20 captain Duffy was killed in an accident late on Friday night, returning from their win over Donegal in the semi final. The scheduled final this Saturday against Down is highly likely to be postponed. 

Tyrone joined their neighbours across the Blackwater in the final on Sunday after a 0-23 to 1-14 win over Donegal to make it back to their first final since 2017, coming in the first year of their new management of Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher. 

The final may be played in Croke Park on Sunday week in order to allow more spectators to be present. 

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