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Yet another Canavan shines as Tyrone book place in Ulster Minor semi-finals

 

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Colin Holmes: laps up victory

Colin Holmes: laps up victory

Colin Holmes: laps up victory

The surname Canavan has tended to be to the fore in Tyrone football for some time and now another member of this famous sporting clan looks destined to further bolster the family's reputation.

Teenager Ruairi certainly created quite an impact at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey when his four superb second-half points paved the way for the Red Hands to overcome Donegal by 0-8 to 0-7 in yesterday's Ulster Minor football championship quarter-final.

The hosts had enjoyed a 0-4 to 0-3 interval lead before Canavan moved into a centre-stage role to ease his side in front in the closing stages and thus copper-fasten their place in the last four against Derry, much to the delight of manager Colin Holmes.

And should the team reproduce the endeavour they revealed yesterday, a place in the decider may be within their gambit although Derry will take heart from their 1-7 to 0-8 win over Armagh.

Dan Higgins grabbed the only goal of the game while Matthew Downey potted five points from frees as the Oak Leaf outfit fended off a late surge from Ciaran McKeever's team.

Fermanagh, meanwhile, produced something of a surprise when they sent Down scuttling out of the competition in winning by 0-10 to 1-4.

Fionan O'Brien and Cillian Murray were to the fore in the scoring stakes for the winners for whom goalkeeper Ross Bogue pulled off a spectacular save in the closing minutes to help secure their passage into the last four.

There they will encounter a Monaghan side that had things very much their own way in beating Antrim by 2-17 to 0-8. Stephen Mooney snapped up a dozen points for the winners for whom James Slevin scored an opening goal which sent them on their way. Shane Tynan, Calum Higgins, Ryan McQuillan and Sean Duffin tried hard to keep Antrim afloat but to no avail.

In the All-Ireland U20 football final Galway stunned fancied Dublin in winning by 1-11 to 0-13 with Tom Culhane's goal proving the all-important score and the fact that he supplemented this with half-a-dozen points made him the outstanding player on view with Matthew Tierney grabbing four points.

In the All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate football final, Meath beat Westmeath by 2-17 to 4-5 with Bridgette Lynch and Vikki Wall grabbing the winners' goals while Emma Duggan hit seven points.

And it was double joy for Dublin when their ladies team won their All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title by beating Cork by 1-10 to 1-5.  Cork led by 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval but Dublin, with Carla Rowe and Sinead Goldrick, prominent took control in the second-half.

Belfast Telegraph


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