Wednesday 16 August 2017

McWilliams tips the balance for Derry

Derry 0-18 Tyrone 1-14

Derry's Declan Cassidy and Oisin McWilliams compete with Tyrone's Peadar Mullan, Brian McNulty and Daniel Millar for a high ball. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Derry's Declan Cassidy and Oisin McWilliams compete with Tyrone's Peadar Mullan, Brian McNulty and Daniel Millar for a high ball. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Derry progressed to meet Antrim in the semi-final after edging a thrilling contest at Celtic Park.

Midfielder Oisin McWilliams was outstanding for the Oak Leafers, whose scores were spread across 10 players.

Tyrone's Darragh Canavan of Tyrone in action against Derry's Sean McKeever. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tyrone's Darragh Canavan of Tyrone in action against Derry's Sean McKeever. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Three points from the impressive Darragh Canavan, son of Peter, backboned Tyrone’s 0-9 to 0-6 half-time lead.

Canavan opened the scoring before Derry hit back strongly, with Simon McErlain’s effort putting them 0-3 to 0-1 ahead. 

Tyrone then hit the next five scores, with Daniel Millar’s point meaning that every Red Hand forward had worked the scoreboard.

Derry drew level before Canavan pulled Tyrone clear again.

Derry's Conleth McShane in action against Tyrone's Conall Grimes. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Derry's Conleth McShane in action against Tyrone's Conall Grimes. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Badly under par in the first half, Derry quickly slipped into top gear in the second. Trailing 0-12 to 0-10 with 20 minutes to go, they took a firm grip at midfield and proceeded to score eight of the next nine points to lead 0-18 to 0-13 in injury-time.

PT Cunningham’s penalty goal was just a consolation.

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