Champions Cavan set to face neighbours Monaghan in Ulster U21 semi-final

Cavan got the better of Tyrone tonight while Monaghan defeated Down in Inniskeen.

Joe Dillon celebrates scoring a goal for Cavan tonight against Tyrone.
Joe Dillon celebrates scoring a goal for Cavan tonight against Tyrone.
Image: Barry Chambers/INPHO

Cavan 1-11
Tyrone 0-6

CHAMPIONS CAVAN PRODUCED a strong second-half display tonight against Tyrone to maintain their bid for a fourth consecutive Ulster U21 football title.

A low-scoring first-half at Kingspan Breffni Park ended with the teams tied at 0-3 apiece.

Cavan gradually upped the ante in the second-half with Joe Dillon making a major breakthrough as he pounced for the only goal of the game. That helped the winners go ahead 1-6 to 0-4 entering the final quarter.

From there they pulled clear to win by seven points and follow up on last week’s preliminary round victory over Derry at Celtic Park.

CAVAN: J Farrelly, B Fortune, K Clarke, P Faulkner, G Smith, C Moynagh (0-1), C Brady, B Sankey, M Argue (0-4), P Graham, E Flanagan, A Watson, D McVeety (0-2), K Bouchier (0-2, 2f), J Dillon (1-0).

Subs: T Hayes for Dillon (47), C Madden (0-2) for Graham (56), C Byrne for Flanagan (59), L Buchanan for Sankey (61), E Hession for McVitty, J McCabe for Brady (66)

TYRONE: M McReynolds, B Burns, R Brennan, C McLaughlin, M McCann, J Munroe, K McGeary, D McClure (0-1), C McCann, C McKenna, M Cassidy, F Burns (0-1), D McCurry (0-1), D McNulty (0-1, f), M Bradley (0-2).

Subs: C Meyler for F Burns (BC, 38), T McCarron for Brennan (45), J Loughran for McGeary (54)

Referee: S McLaughlin (Donegal).

Source: Barry Chambers/INPHO

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Monaghan 1-12
Down 2-7

MONAGHAN GOT THEIR provincial U21 campaign off to a winning start tonight in Inniskeen as they held off the determined challenge of Down.

It was the away side who got off to a cracking start when Michael Hughes grabbed an early goal for Down but Monaghan quickly bounced back when Fergal McMahon netted.

Ryan Johnston raised a second green flag in the opening period for Down but they trailed by 1-8 to 2-2 at the interval.

And Monaghan held on in the second-half to claim a two-point success and set up a semi-final clash with neighbors Cavan.

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