Sligo fans will be happy with today's result. Tom Honan/INPHO

Longford into Leinster Minor decider while Sligo ease into Connacht semi-final

Meanwhile, Derry survived a late scare to beat Donegal.

Leinster minor football championship

Longford 1-9
Meath 0-8

CATHAL MCCABE’S SEVENTH minute goal proved decisive as Longford booked their place in the Leinster minor football final at Pearse Park this afternoon.

McCabe’s maximum was the difference between the sides in a tight first half with the home side going into the break 1-3 to 0-3 ahead.

Meath drew level by the 55th minute but four points without reply for Longford sealed a spot in the Leinster decider on 12 July where they will play the winners of tomorrow’s Kildare v Dublin encounter.

Connacht minor football championship

Sligo 4-9
Leitrim 0-12

Goals from Patrick O’Connor (2), Sean Carrabine and Rian Kennedy eased Sligo into the final four of the Connacht minor football championship.

The game was essentially over at half-time as the Yeats County took a 2-5 to 0-6 lead into the break.

While Leitrim fought back in the second period, they were always fighting an uphill battle and late goals from Kennedy and O’Connor means that Sligo will face Roscommon in the semi-final next Friday.

Ulster minor football championship

Derry 0-11
Donegal 0-10

Derry survived a late scare to beat Donegal 0-11 to 0-10 at Clones in today’s Ulster semi-final.

A tight first-half saw Derry 0-5 to 0-3 ahead at the break, with Shane McGuigan, Patrick Kearney and Conor Glass among the scorers.

Further points from McGuigan enabled Derry to build on their advantage after the break, as they established a five-point lead that appeared to set them up for victory.

However, Donegal fought back in the closing stages and earned a penalty in injury time, with their opponents leading by two points.

Nevertheless, Conor Doherty could only point his ensuing effort, meaning Derry held on for a one-point victory and a place in the final.

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