Saturday 23 September 2017

Tallon steers Derry past battling Armagh

Derry 0-21 Armagh 1-15

Derry's Oisin Duffy is pursued by Armagh's Jack Rafferty. Photo: Sportsfile
Derry's Oisin Duffy is pursued by Armagh's Jack Rafferty. Photo: Sportsfile

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Derry progressed to their first provincial U-21 final since 2008 after an epic tussle ended in an extra-time win at Celtic Park.

An Oisin O'Neill pile-driver edged Armagh ahead at half-time at 1-6 to 0-8.

Oisin O'Neill of Armagh in action against Ruairi McElwee of Derry. Photo: Sportsfile
Oisin O'Neill of Armagh in action against Ruairi McElwee of Derry. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane McGuigan and Danny Tallon put Derry a point ahead in the 59th minute, but O'Neill took the game to extra-time.

Derry raced into a three point lead in the first period, and Tallon, Peter Hagan and Eamon McGill sealed the win.

Scorers - Derry: D Tallon 0-8 (5fs), S McGuigan 0-6 (5fs), P Hagan 0-3, P Kearney 0-2, E McGill, D Curran 0-1. Armagh: O O'Neill 1-5 (0-2fs), S Loye (2fs), R O'Neill (1f), T O'Kane 0-2, C McConville, C O'Neill, S Hoey, S Morris 0-1 each.
Derry - B McKinless; C McGrogan, O Duffin, N Keenan; C Mulholland, M McEvoy, J Curran; P Kearney, J Doherty; P Coney, D Tallon, P Hagan; S McGuigan, R McElwee, C Doherty. Subs: T Flanagan for McElwee (h-t), B Grant for Coney (h-t), E McGill for Mulholland (44 BC), D Curran for Grant (58), K Feeney for Curran (et).
Armagh - R Kearney; P McArdle, A Rushe, C McConville; C Higgins, B McCambridge, C O'Neill; B Creely, J Rafferty; P Quinn, O O'Neill, C Boylan; S Loye, J Duffy, R O'Neill. Subs: J McAlinden for P McArdle (39), S Hoey for Rafferty (39), R Owens for Quinn (47), T O'Kane for Loye (47), F Quinn for McAlinden (BC 51), S Morris for Boylan (59), Jarlath Og Burns for B Creely (ET)
Ref - N Cullen (Fermanagh)

Derry's Ternan Flanagan in action against Caolan McConville of Armagh. Photo: Sportsfile
Derry's Ternan Flanagan in action against Caolan McConville of Armagh. Photo: Sportsfile

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