Donegal secure semi-final place in Ulster Under-21 Championship


Reports from the Ulster Under-21 Football championship which saw wins for Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Armagh.

DONEGAL are through to the Ulster Under-21 Championship semi-finals after a convincing win over Derry in Ballybofey. Donegal dominated the first half but needed a great save from Lee McFadden to be a point in front at the break. Dara Gallagher and Michael Murphy were prominent for the home side while James Kielt hit one great free for Derry.

In the second half Donegal took complete control and led by 0-12 to 0-4 before Derry got a few consolation scores.

DONEGAL:L McFadden; D Walsh, S Boyle, D Curran; P McGinley, E Doherty, P McGrath; P McGee (0-1), R Wherity; M McElhinney, L McLoone (0-2), E Waide (0-1); B Faherty (0-2), M Murphy (0-3, 3 frees), D Gallagher (0-3). Subs: M McHugh for Gallagher; C McGinley for McElhinney.

DERRY:T Mallon; D Bell, D McBride, O Duffy; C McWilliams, C McKaigue, D Bateson; J Kielt (0-2, 2 frees), G Monaghan; G McGovern, D Mulholland, P McWilliams; C O’Boyle (0-1), A McLaughlin (0-2, 1 free), S Cleary (0-1, free). Subs: J McNicholl for McGovern; N McNicholl for Monaghan; A Heron for Mulholland.

Referee:F Cleary (Fermanagh)


Tyrone turned on the style in the second half to cruise to victory in an incident-packed game at Omagh. Both sides finished the game with 13 men following a rash of red cards for Antrim’s Mark McAleese and Niall McKeever and Tyrone’s Gareth Devlin and Michale Gallagher.

The teams went into the break deadlocked on 1-6 each, but Tyrone got in for a second goal through Emmet McKenna five minutes into the second half.

Antrim hit back and a couple of McGourty efforts and a Crozier point narrowed the gap to a point. Seamus Harkin and Antrim midfielder Seán Burke swapped points before Tyrone secured their place in the last four when sub Colin Harkin blasted home.

TYRONE:M O’Neill, D McDermott, L O’Neill, A Girvan, R McNabb, M Gallagher, S McNally, S Harkin (0-1), M McKenna, S Mulgrew (1-3, 2 frees), P Hughes, J McAnulla (0-3, 1 free), G Devlin, M Donnelly (0-2), E McKenna (1-1). Subs: C Harkin (1-1) for E McKenna, K Mossey (0-1) for McNabb.

ANTRIM:P Graham, D McAlernon, D McCann, C McVeigh, M McAleese, S Hasson, P Gallagher, S Burke (0-1), G McCann, J Crozier (0-2, 1 free), CJ McGourty (0-6, 2 45s), R Doyle, M Sweeney, N McKeever (0-2), C Murray (1-0). Sub: C Fleming.

Referee:C Branagan (Down).


Down progressed through to the semi-final with a fine victory over Fermanagh at Brewster Park. With nine minutes to go the game looked over as Down moved six clear through a Ben O’Reilly goal but Fermanagh hit back with 1-2 to get to within one, the goal coming from Kevin Connolly. It was Down who finished the stronger, though, with points from Paul Devlin.

FERMANAGH:J McGrath; E Maguire, N McGovern, M McGovern; D Drumm (0-1), B Mulrone, P O’Brien; R Jones, E Donnelly (1-1); D Keenan (0-3), N McElroy (0-1), L McQuaid; T Corrigan, K Connolly (1-1), J O’Brien (0-1). Subs: S Carters for McQuaid, P McCusker for Corrigan.

DOWN:K Gordon; M Digney, N Higgins, D Turley; C Poland, J Fitzpatrick, T Hanna; M Magee, P Fitzpatrick; R Digney, B O’Reilly (1-0), J O’Reilly (0-2); P Devlin (0-4), P McComiskey (1-2), E Toner (0-3). Subs: C Slevin for R Digney, C Magee for B O’Reilly

Referee:J Galligan (Cavan).

ARMAGH 1-11 CAVAN 0-12

Jamie Clarke may have tasted disappointment when he lined out with Crossmaglen Rangers against Kilmacud Crokes in the AIB All Ireland Club final on St Patrick’s Day but he certainly acquired a generous measure of compensation last night when he almost single-handedly blitzed Cavan at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Clarke landed 1-6 of his side’s total, his sixth minute goal proving central to his team’s victory.

ARMAGH:P Rodgers; M Shields, P McKeown, G McCoey; M McConville (0-1), M McCoy, D Comiskey; S Harald, K Toner; P McCullough, S Clarke, J Clarke (1-6, 0-3 frees); S Carroll (0-3, 1 free), S Williams, K Carragher (0-1). Subs: E McGeown for Williams (46 mins), C Hoey for McCullough (51 mins).

CAVAN:A O’Meara; P Carroll, R Dunne, R Farrelly; D Graham, J McEnroe, B Watters; G McKiernan (0-1), D Givney (0-1); R Maloney-Derham (0-1), E Keating (0-3, 1 free), D McKiernan (0-2); N McDermott, R Cullivan (0-2), C Smith (0-1). Subs: T Reilly (0-1) for Graham (35 mins), C McClarey for D McKiernan (52 mins), P Brady for N McDermott (54 mins).

Referee:G McCarron (Monaghan).