Tyrone overcome Donegal in high-scoring thriller to set up Ulster final showdown with Cavan

Cavan also booked their spot in the final tonight thanks to a two-point win over Derry.

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CAVAN BOOKED THEIR spot in the EirGrid Ulster U20 Football Championship final thanks to a two-point win over Derry in the Athletic Grounds. 

The sides were level at half-time five points apiece but a storming final five minutes saw Cavan outscore their opponents three points to one. The final score was 0-11 to 0-9. 

Centre forward Fionntán O’Reilly kicked 0-7, including three from play for the Breffni county. 

They will face Tyrone in two weeks time after their victory in a rip-roaring semi-final at Celtic Park. After normal time, the sides were tied 1-13 to 2-10. Donegal’s Bobby McGettigan struck twice while Gavin Potter raised a green flag for Paul Devlin’s outfit. 

A Keelan Dunleavy point had Donegal leading at the start of extra-time before captain Niall Devlin responded brilliantly with a goal. The electric Ruairi Canavan stretched Tyrone’s lead with a free for his seventh point. Donegal refused to wilt and closed the gap again to just a point but a long kick-out and sweeping attack saw Conor Cush receive a handpass at the edge of the square and rifle home the crucial goal. 

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It finished 3-16 to 2-16. The final will take place on Friday 22nd April at 8pm with the venue to be confirmed. 

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