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Donegal end Tyrone's three-in-a-row bid and set up Ulster semi-final clash with Monaghan

Down and Fermanagh also won their respective Ulster U20 football quarter-finals tonight.

DONEGAL ENDED TYRONE’S Ulster U20 football three-in-a-row bid with a hard-fought win at Omagh’s Healy Park tonight.

a-view-of-the-donegal-changing-room-ahead-of-the-game A general view of Donegal jerseys. Evan Logan / INPHO Evan Logan / INPHO / INPHO

Monaghan, Down and Fermanagh were the other winners in tonight’s Ulster quarter-finals, with the last-four battles now: Donegal v Monaghan and Down v Fermanagh.

Donegal triumphed on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-9, Eoin Dowling’s early goal sending them on their way, leading by three points at half time before building up a seven-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

Rory Donnelly’s 50th-minute goal gave the Red Hand some hope down the home straight, but Donegal stood firm in defence and notched some late insurance scores to leave a three-point cushion.

Elsewhere, the Farney county won by four at Celtic Park; Jason Irwin’s two first-half goals proving decisive.

At Kingspan Breffni Park, Down enjoyed a comprehensive win over their 14-man hosts and similarly, early majors from Andrew Gilmore and Danny Magill were pivotal. The Mourne men are managed by Kilcoo’s Conor Laverty, and have Marty Clarke and Meath legend Sean Boylan in their backroom team.

And goals in either half – one from Josh Largo Ellis and the other courtesy of a Darragh McBrien rebounded penalty – saw Fermanagh ease past Antrim.

2021 Ulster U20 football quarter-final results

  • Tyrone 1-9 Donegal 1-12
  • Cavan 0-9 Down 2-17
  • Fermanagh 2-13 Antrim 0-10
  • Derry 0-11 Monaghan 2-9
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