Thursday 17 August 2017

Eirgrid Ulster U-21 FC Semi-finals

Tyrone go into the game against Donegal as slight favourites (Stock picture) Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tyrone go into the game against Donegal as slight favourites (Stock picture) Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Armagh v Monaghan

Pairc Esler, Newry, 8.0, R Barry (Down)

It's hard to gauge exactly where Monaghan stand after their comfortable win over Fermanagh. They kept the Ernemen scoreless for the second half in a dominant display but Fermanagh have struggled at this grade badly of late and have now lost six games in a row.

Barry McGinn built on his burgeoning reputation by hitting 1-5 but the Ulster minor champions of three years ago will face a much different test here.

Armagh hit 5-16 in their romp past Down with their full-forward line of Cathal McKenna, Shane McPartlan and Conor Martin hitting 4-10 between them and that sort of firepower might be hard to contain.

Verdict: Armagh

Tyrone v donegal

Celtic Park, 8.0, B Cassidy (Derry)

Reigning All-Ireland champions Tyrone emerged from Kingspan Breffni Park with a two-goal triumph to get their title defence off to an impressive start with Colm Byrne and Ben McDonnell grabbing the vital goals for Fergal Logan's side. They did enough in that game to suggest that they will still be a force despite losing some of their frontline players from last year's team.

Donegal edged Derry in a tightly-contested game, with Stephen McBrearty kicking the crucial free in injury time to secure a one-point win. Jamie Brennan hit three points from play but Tyrone go into this game as slight favourites and might just edge this one.

Verdict: Tyrone

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