Sunday 19 August 2018

McWilliams leads Derry comeback

Derry 2-17 Down 2-15 - eirgrid u-20 Ulster FC semi-final

Callum Brown of Derry in action against Finn McIlroy of Down during the Eirgrid Ulster GAA Football U20 Championship match between Down and Derry at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Monaghan. Photo: Sportsfile
Callum Brown of Derry in action against Finn McIlroy of Down during the Eirgrid Ulster GAA Football U20 Championship match between Down and Derry at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Monaghan. Photo: Sportsfile

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Lorcan McWilliams was the hero as Derry came from 10 points behind in Clones to book their place in the final against Armagh.

Down's Conor McCrickard, with his accurate free-taking, and Lorcan McWilliams was equally clinical at the other end and nudged the Oak Leaf into a two-point lead.

But the Mourne men struck two goals in four minutes through Pierce Laverty and Aaron Devlin, and two points from the excellent Daniel Guinness, to send Down in with a 2-8 to 0-7 interval lead.

They went 10 clear but Derry responded with goals from Lorcan McWilliams (penalty) and Callum Brown, and went in front with a Ben McCarron free.

Down kept in touch through Guinness and Jack McCartan, but lost skipper Oisin McConvey to second yellow/black cards.

Derry got themselves over the line with scores from McWilliams, who finished with 1-7, and Conleth McShane.

Scorers - Derry: L McWilliams 1-7 (1-0 pen, 5fs); B McCarron 0-4 (1f); C Brown 1-0; O McWilliams 0-3; C Doherty (1f), C McCluskey, C McShane 0-1 each. Down: A Devlin 1-2 (1f); P Laverty 1-1; C McCrickard 0-4 (4f); D Guinness 0-3; L Kerr 0-2 (1f); A Magee, J McCartan, C Cox 0-1 each.

Derry - O Martin; S McKeever, C McCluskey, E Cormican; S Downey, C Doherty, D Cassidy; M McGrogan, D Rafferty; B McCarron, O McWilliams, J McAtamney; C Doherty, C Brown, L McWilliams. Subs: C McShane for McAtamney (27), M Bradley for McGrogan (49), A Tohil for Downey (56), A Bradley for Doherty (61), E Bradley for L McWilliams (61)

Down - D Ross; B Gallen, F McIlroy, A Lynch; C Cox, O McConvey, S Annett; L Middleton, J Connery; O McCabe, P Laverty, D Guinness; A Devlin, C McCrickard, A Magee. Subs: J McCartan for Devlin (41), L Kerr for Middleton (43), G McKibben for Magee (51), R Martin for Gallen (52), R Fegan for Connery (63)

Ref - C Dourneen (Cavan).

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