Quigg and McWilliams blast Oak Leafers to title
Derry 1-22 Cavan 2-12 Ulster MFC Final
A powerful Derry side won their second Ulster MFC title in three seasons with an impressive victory over Cavan.
Derry were the better side throughout the first half and were good value for their 0-14 to 1-7 interval lead.
By that stage, disaster had already struck for the Breffni boys when they lost star midfielder James Smith to what seemed a harsh black card in the 25th minute.
The Oak Leafers were 0-4 to 0-0 ahead within five minutes following points from Patrick Quigg, Lorcan McWilliams, Conleth McShane and an Oisin McWilliams free - but Cavan hit back when Smith powered through and smashed to the net in the seventh minute.
From the resulting kick-out, the impressive Cian Madden curled over a point for Cavan before Derry took the offensive, adding two points of their own from Mark McGrogan and Quigg. Cavan reshuffled their defence but consecutive points from Quigg (free), Padraig McGrogan and two apiece from Declan Cassidy and Ben McCarron made it 0-11 to 1-2.
Cavan had the final say of the first half with points from Tiernan Reilly and Philip Rogers and they picked up where they left off after the break with a free and an excellent effort from play, both from Oisin Pierson.
Again Derry responded, reeling off a succession of quality scores. Cavan were thrown a lifeline when Philip Rogers flicked to the net after some sloppy defending to cut the gap to two, 0-17 to 2-9, but points from Quigg and Lorcan McWilliams helped Derry ease clear again.
Derry, with 11 different scorers, just had too much quality for a lively Cavan side, with half-time sub Callum Brown playing a starring role on his introduction.
Scorers - Derry: L McWilliams 0-6 (3f), B McCarron 1-2, P Quigg 0-4, (1f), D Cassidy 0-3, C McShane, P McGrogan, O McWilliams, M McGrogan, T McHugh, A Doherty, F Mortimer 0-1 each.
Cavan: P Rogers 1-2, O Pierson 0-4, ( 2f), J Smith 1-0, C Madden 0-3, P Lynch , J Cooke, T Reilly 0-1 each.
Derry: O Hartin; O McGill, C McCluskey, S McKeever; S McErlain, D Rafferty, C McShane; P McGrogan, O McWilliams; P Quigg, R Mullan, D Cassidy; B McCarron, L McWilliams, M McGrogan.
Subs: T McHugh for M McGrogan (h-t), C Brown for R Mullan (h-t), A Doherty for O McGill (40), F Mortimer for P Quigg (51), C Murphy for B McCarron (55).
Cavan: G O'Rourke; E Fortune, P Meade, K Brady; D Cusack, C Timoney, K Hendrick; R Patterson, J Smith; O Kiernan, C Madden, P Rogers; O Pierson, P Lynch, S Keogan. Subs: J Cooke for P Meade (21), T Reilly for J Smith (25, bc), P Nulty for K Hendrick (40), N McCabe for S Keogan (50), C Lynch for O Kiernan (55), S Lovett for O'Rourke (60, temp).
Ref - M McNally (Monaghan)