Rogers leads Derry in Longford rout
Derry 8-21 L ongford 1-14
Derry advanced to the last four by routing Longford.
Derry made full use of the wind to run in 5-10 to 0-6 up at the break. Teenager Brian Cassidy hit 2-4 in the opening 35 minutes and he was ably supported by Alan Grant, Gerald Bradley and the returning Brendan Rogers, who all found the net.
Longford's Patrick Walsh and Seamus Hannon both pointed twice after the restart before Eugene Kiernan kicked the ball into the back of the net to see his side trail 5-12 to 1-11.
However, Rogers bagged a hat-trick of goals and Alan Grant completed the turkey shoot when he scored Derry's eighth goal in the 65th minute.
Scorers - Derry: B Rogers 3-2, A Grant 2-5 (4f), B Cassidy 2-4, G Bradley 1-2, A Kelly 0-3, K Hinphey, D Cartin , P Cleary, E McGuckin and C McKaigue 0-1 each. Longford: P Walsh 0-8 (7f), E Kiernan 1-0, R Murray 0-2, S Hannon 0-2, C Mullane and J Mulherne 0-1 each.
Derry: D McDermott 6, P Turner 7, S Cassidy 8, D McCloskey 7, P Cleary 7, O McCloskey 7, C Steele 7, C McAllister 7, K Hinphey 8, G Bradley 9, M McGrath 7, A Grant 8, B Rogers 9, B Cassidy 9, D Cartin 7 Subs: B Og McGilligan 7 for C Steele, C McKaigue 7 for M McGrath and A Kelly 8 for B Cassidy (all H/T), E McGuckin7 for G Bradley (49), G McCormick 7 for B Rogers (54)
Longford: C Gallagher 8, C McLoughlin 6, K Murray 6, T Egan 6, G Moore 6, D Duggan 6, J Casey 6, P Walsh 8, P Barden 7, J Mulhern 7, S Hannon 7, C Keegan 6, S O'Brien 6, R Murray 7, C Mullane 7 Subs: E Kiernan 7 for C Mullane (11), A Sheridan 6 for P Barden (51), A Sorohan 6 for R Murray (66), E Kavanagh 6 for T Egan (66).
Ref - J Connors (Donegal)