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Cavanagh has cause for triple celebration as Moy reach final

 

By John Campbell

Sean Cavanagh today finds himself basking in what he refers to as "a timely hat-trick," following Moy's surge into the Ulster club football intermediate championship final where they will meet Rostrevor.

His team's explosive second-half performance in yesterday's semi-final against Newbridge that saw them eventually romp to a 2-15 to 1-9 victory came just a matter of hours after he had been honoured by the Tyrone Association in Dublin and two days after the birth of his first son - strangely enough, named Sean!

"It has just been a brilliant week-end and I could not be happier," smiled Cavanagh as he took stock of Moy's stunning display of finishing which has propelled them into the favourites' role for the provincial title, "It's a timely hat-trick".

Trailing by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time and clearly lacking vitality up until then, Moy proceeded to rack up 2-11 after the break with Harry Loughran's two cracking goals, Cavanagh's own massive contribution from frees (six in all) and his brother Colm's majestic input both at midfield and defence crucial in their captivating renaissance.

Now they will face a Rostrevor side that made rather heavy weather of curbing the challenge of Donegal champions Milford in the other-semi final after they had surrendered a 0-6 to nil lead to still keep their noses in front by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-way.

With the inspirational Caolan Mooney leading by splendid example and Conor Doyle snapping up chances, Rostrevor eventually stumbled rather than strode over the line at 0-13 to 0-12.

In the Ulster junior championship semi-final, Belnaleck managed to get the better of Derry champions Doire Trasna by 1-7 to 1-6 with Dermot Lewsley grabbing the Fermanagh side's goal and Conan Doherty landing the losers' three-pointer from a '45'.

In the Spirit of Paul McGirr Ulster U16 club quarter-final, Derrygonnelly Harps beat Donegal side Gaoth Dobhair by 0-8 to 0-4 with the winners' Darragh Burke lifting the Player of the Match prize.

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