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Dublin make light work of Meath to seal spot in final


Luke Swan. Photo: Sportsfile

Luke Swan. Photo: Sportsfile

Luke Swan. Photo: Sportsfile

Holders Dublin cruised into the final of the Eirgrid Leinster under 20 Football Championship with a 2-14 to 0-7 win over Meath at Parnell Park yesterday.

A scruffy goal from Luke Swan in the third minute gave the hosts the early initiative. They effectively sealed their win with a fine Lorcan O'Dell goal inside three minutes of the restart.

In Ulster, goalkeeper Ronan McGeehin saved three penalties as Donegal U20s defeated Monaghan in a shoot-out in Ballyshannon. Goals in normal time by Aaron Doherty - also from the spot - and a fortuitous Ethan Harkin strike registered for the hosts while Gary Mohan netted for the Farney, who saw Aaron Mulligan, Andrew Woods and Liam Óg Murphy all denied by McGeehin as Donegal prevailed.

Holders Tyrone got the better of Armagh in extra time at the Athletic Grounds to book their place in the Ulster U20 Football Championship semi-finals.

Tyrone were down to 14 men following a straight red card for Ryan Jones just before the break, with the sides level on 0-3 each, Eoin Woods scoring twice for Armagh and Tiarnan Quinn hitting two Red Hand scores.

Quinn's 50th-minute goal gave Tyrone the lead for the first time, but a free in stoppage time from James McCormack tied it up at 0-8 to 1-5. And the Red Hands outscored the home side by 0-4 to nil in extra time, with Quinn, Neil Kilpatrick, Aotoin Fox and Conor Quinn on target to seal a 1-9 to 0-8 victory.

Down left hosts Cavan shell-shocked in a frenetic Ulster quarter-final tie at Kingspan Breffni with a 1-11 to 0-8 victory. The Mournemen built on their 0-5 to 0-4 interval lead with an unanswered 1-3 salvo in the final six minutes.

Leitrim put in a determined first-half effort in the Connacht U20 semi-final in Orchard Park, Elphin, but Galway still went in 0-4 to 0-1 at the break. Mathew Tierney got 0-2 while Alan Greene and Jack Glynn added a point. Oisin McLoughlin got Leitrim's solitary point, from a placed ball. Galway got well on top in the second period with Mathew Cooley hitting the game's only goal, while Cathal Sweeney added 0-3. Conor Raffferty, Cian Monaghan, Ryan Monaghan,Paul Kelly and Eoin Mannion added a point each.

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