Thursday 24 August 2017

Quigg and McWilliams blast Oak Leafers to title

Derry 1-22 Cavan 2-12 Ulster MFC Final

Padraig McGrogan lifts the Fr Liam Murray Cup for Derry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Padraig McGrogan lifts the Fr Liam Murray Cup for Derry. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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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.

Derry's Padraig McGrogan spins away from Cavan's James Smith. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Derry's Padraig McGrogan spins away from Cavan's James Smith. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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.

Cavan's Patrick Lynch gets a shot off despite the efforts of Oran McGill. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Cavan's Patrick Lynch gets a shot off despite the efforts of Oran McGill. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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)

The Derry Minors celebrate after their Ulster GAA Football Minor Championship Final win over Cavan at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Co. Monaghan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
The Derry Minors celebrate after their Ulster GAA Football Minor Championship Final win over Cavan at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Co. Monaghan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Padraig McGrogan is presented with his Man of The Match award from Lisa McEneaney of Electric Ireland. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Padraig McGrogan is presented with his Man of The Match award from Lisa McEneaney of Electric Ireland. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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