Friday 19 July 2019

Canavan points set up Derry date in Ulster final

Eirgrid Ulster U-20 Semi-final: Tyrone: 0-13 Cavan: 0-9

Darragh Canavan of Tyrone in action against Cormac Donoghue of Cavan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Darragh Canavan of Tyrone in action against Cormac Donoghue of Cavan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Darragh Canavan led the way as Tyrone booked their place in the Ulster U-20 Football Championship final, hitting four points as Cavan were put to the sword.

Many scoring opportunities were squandered by both sides in a tense contest at St Tiernach’s Park, but Red Hand manager Paul Devlin was encouraged by the creativity of his side.

Brian Kennedy of Tyrone in action against Killian Clarke of Cavan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Brian Kennedy of Tyrone in action against Killian Clarke of Cavan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

“We kicked a lot of wides ourselves, so we were creating the opportunities, that was the good thing,” Devlin said.

“Lads thrive to play on days like this at Clones, where you have a defender and a forward with a job to do, and no forward has the divine right to be able to kick the ball over the bar so easy,” he added.

“So we had to work hard, and there was four in it at the end. We have won the football match and we move on to the next stage.”

Target

Canavan and Seán Óg McAleer were on target as Tyrone went ahead by four points, before Patrick Lynch got Cavan’s opening score in the 24th minute.

Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte and Cavan Manager Mickey Graham shake hands after the match. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte and Cavan Manager Mickey Graham shake hands after the match. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

The Red Hands led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break, but Lynch narrowed the gap to two, before Michael Conroy and Peter Óg McCartan came off the bench to bring Tyrone clear with two points each.  Cavan pressed strongly in the closing stages, but were unable to close the gap, although Lynch did smash a shot against the crossbar.

Tyrone will face holders Derry in the decider at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh next Sunday.

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