Reilly on song in Cavan victory
Cavan football received a timely pick-me-up at Brewster Park, Enniskillen, when their U-21s booked a place in the provincial decider for the second successive year.
Cavan weren't at all flattered by their 0-6 to 1-1 interval lead against the side that beat them in the 2010 final, Donegal's goal coming from Dermot Molloy.
Jack Brady fired over for Cavan immediately after the restart and man-of-the-match Barry Reilly added a brace of points to leave Cavan 0-9 to 1-1 in front.
Donegal ended a 22-minute barren period when Molloy's free cut the lead to four points.
They threw everything forward in the dying minutes, but a fine save by Alan O'Mara from Seamus Corcoran helped secure Cavan's place in the final.
SCORERS -- Cavan: B Reilly 0-5 (4f), J Brady, N McDermott 0-2 each, G McKiernan, N Smith, P Leddy 0-1 each. Donegal: M McHugh 0-2 (2f), D Molloy 1-1 (1f), R McErlean 0-1.
CAVAN -- A O'Mara: M Leddy, O Minagh, D Tighe; K Meehan, D Barkey, M Brady; G McKiernan, F Flanagan; N Smith, C McClarey, B Reilly; J Brady, N McDermott, P Leddy. Subs: S Tierney for McClarey (42), N McKiernan for Leddy (45), N Murray for Flanagan (53), S Nolan for Brady (59), S Gray for Tighe (61).
DONEGAL -- P Boyle; D Curran, E Doherty, T McKinley; S Kennedy, L Keeney, C McGinley; C Classon, A McFadden; M McHugh, D Molloy, D McLoughlin; K McFadden, R McErlean, P McBrearty. Subs: K Ward for Curran (h-t), P McNeilis for McGinley (h-t), O McNiallais for Keeney (35), S Corcoran for McFadden (35), A Kelly for Kennedy (53).
Ref -- M McErlene (Derry)