Friday 19 January 2018

Gibney effort steals the show

Cavan 1-10
Monaghan 1-9

Cavan won through to the Ulster U-21 final after a typical neighbourly clash with Monaghan at Enniskillen.

The Cavan men raced into an eight-point lead after only 15 minutes, Conor McClarey scoring their goal.

But Monaghan refused to panic and fought back to lead by two points with 10 minutes to go, a David Miller goal giving them the lead for the first time.

At this stage there looked to be only one winner; Cavan had by then lost their centre-back, James McEnroe, to a second yellow card.

But the Breffni youngsters dug deep and hit three unanswered scores in a row.

Captain and senior panelist David Gibney swung over the winner with a massive effort from all of 55 metres in the first minute of injury-time.

They now meet Donegal in the decider which will be played at Brewster Park on Wednesday night.

Scorers -- Cavan: C McClarey 1-0, (0-1f), D McKiernan 0-3 (0-2f), N McDermott, B Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, B Reilly, Maloney Derham, D Gibney 0-1 each. Monaghan: D Miller 1-0, D Hahessy 0-3 (0-2f), C McGuinness 0-2 (0-1f), D Malone, K Hughes, P O'Hara, McNally 0-1 each.

Cavan -- M Smith; P Carroll, R Dunne, D Tighe; D Graham, J McEnroe, T Reilly; G McKiernan, D Gibney; N Smith, N McDermott, B Reilly; B Fitzpatrick, D McKiernan, C McClarey. Subs: O Minagh for Carroll (h-t), Maloney Derham for Smith (h-t), Smith for McCLarey (53),

Monaghan -- E McArdle; M Reilly, D Daly, C Galligan; C Walshe, K Duffy, D Hughes; G McArdle, K Hughes; D Hahessy, D Malone, B McArdle; C McGuinness, P Tavey, D Miller. Subs: P O'Hara for G McArdle (h-t), D McNally for Tavey (43), G McArdle for Hahessy (55), K Hill for Miller (59).

ref -- E McConnell.

Irish Independent

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