Impressive Derry march into final as misfiring Dubs squander shot at glory
Derry 0-17 Dublin 0-14
Derry will meet Kerry in next month's Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship final after their impressive three-point victory over Dublin in Croke Park yesterday.
The Ulster champions finished strongly in the final quarter as they availed of some ill-disciplined Dublin tackling to kick decisive frees in the closing stages.
Dublin enjoyed more than enough chances to advance to the decider but some poor shot selection and execution undermined the generous amount of possession that they enjoyed in the second half.
Despite falling behind to a Ross McGarry point in the opening minute, Derry were the more dominant outfit initially and overcame that early deficit thanks to a brace of points from Patrick Quigg.
Although David Lacey levelled matters in the eighth minute, Dublin were struggling to gain a foothold in the early stages of the game and fell three points behind by the 11th minute following scores by Quigg, Lorcan McWilliams and Mark McGrogan.
However, the Dubs gradually began to play with a greater degree of cohesion and successive points by Lacey and James Doran reflected their increasing comfort with proceedings.
A Ben McCarron point regained Derry's two-point buffer by the 21st minute but with Doran increasingly influential from centre-forward, gaps began to appear down the heart of the Derry defence.
Doran's second point of the half and scores by Lacey and McGarry inched the Dubs ahead with the former adding an injury-time point to eke out a narrow 0-8 to 0-7 interval lead for Dublin.
Dublin's profligacy was especially evident in the early stages of the second half but they managed to register a degree of reward for their supremacy thanks to points by Sean Hawkshaw and Doran.
However, Hawkshaw and McGarry over-elaborated when presented with genuine goal opportunities as Derry levelled matters through a well-taken 37th-minute point from Oisín McWilliams.
While Dublin replied through Doran and Lacey, the momentum was swinging back towards Derry with Lorcan McWilliams and Richie Mullan bringing the sides level once again.
Derry made the push for home in a telling manner and they confirmed their final berth thanks to injury time points by Lorcan McWilliams and substitute Jon Paul Devlin.
Scorers - Derry: L McWilliams 0-6 (5f), P Quigg 0-4 (3f), B McCarron 0-3 (2f), O McWilliams, R Mullan, M McGrogan, JP Devlin 0-1 each. Dublin: J Doran 0-6, D Lacey 0-5 (4f), R McGarry 0-2, S Hawkshaw 0-1.
Derry - O Hartin; S McKeever, C McCluskey, O McGill; S McErlain, P McGrogan, C McShane; O McWilliams, D Rafferty; P Quigg, R Mullan, O Quinn; B McCarron, L McWilliams, M McGrogan. Subs: F Mortimer for Rafferty (30), C Brown for Quinn (33), D Cassidy for Quigg (36), M Bradley for McErlain (56), JP Devlin for McCarron (59), T McHugh for O McWilliams (64).
Dublin - D O'Hanlon; D Maher, P Ó Cofaigh Byrne, L Flatman; K Kennedy, N Matthews, E O'Dea; D Ryan, M Tracey; D Brennan, J Doran, K Lynch Bissett; D Lacey, S Hawkshaw, R McGarry. Subs: F O'Sullivan for Brennan (40), C Archer for Hawkshaw (47), G Nangle for Ó Cofaigh Byrne (52), A Byrne for Lynch Bissett (59), L Doran for Maher (62), N O'Leary for Kennedy (65, Black Card).
Ref - S Lonergan (Tipperary)