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Tyrone-Donegal heading to a replay as Armagh, Cavan and Derry book Ulster U21 football semi-final places

There’ll be a replay next Wednesday night in Ballybofey.

Stephen McMenamin and Ryan Loughran, Paul Donaghy and David Mulgrew Donegal's Stephen McMenamin with Tyrone trio of Ryan Loughran, Paul Donaghy and David Mulgrew. Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

THERE WAS NO separating Tyrone and Donegal in the EirGrid Ulster U21 football championship tonight with Lee Brennan converting a ’45 to rescue a draw for the home side in extra-time in Healy Park in Omagh.

Eoghan Ban Gallagher had put Donegal on the brink of victory before Brennan responded with the levelling score as the teams finished all square at 0-14 apiece.

Donegal were ahead 0-5 to 0-4 at the midway mark of normal time but Tyrone moved ahead 0-9 to 0-7 during the second half with David Mulgrew impressing.

Michael Langan (2) and Tony McCleneghan pushed Donegal ahead by a point before Tyrone went in front thanks to points from Johnny Harkin and Brennan.

Yet Langan knocked over the point to ties the teams at 0-11 apiece, sending the game into extra-time where a winner could not be found.

In Inniskeen, Derry knocked out reigning champions Monaghan by 3-10 to 1-11.

Jamie Donaghy’s first-half goal helped Derry go ahead and they hit the net twice in the second half to forge ahead, while goalkeeper Ben McKinless also made a crucial penalty save.

Cavan destroyed Fermanagh in Brewster Park, Enniskillen as they ran out victors by 21 points. They were ahead 0-10 to 0-3 at the break before second-half goals from Conor Smith and Peter Corrigan piled on the agony for Fermanagh.

Finally Armagh saw off Down by seven points – 2-13 to 0-12 – at the Athletic Grounds to book a semi-final spot.

Piaras Kane and Aidan Rushe Down's Piaras Kane and Aidan Rushe of Armagh Source: Presseye/Philip Magowan/INPHO

Shea Loye was their star man as he scored 2-7 with 2-4 of that total coming from play. Armagh were ahead 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval and stretched further ahead of Down in the second half.

Results

EirGrid Ulster U21 Football Championship

Quarter-finals
Armagh 2-13 Down 0-12
Cavan 2-19 Fermanagh 0-4
Derry 3-10 Monaghan 1-11
Tyrone 0-14 Donegal 0-14 (after extra-time)

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