Wednesday 21 August 2019

Derry off the hook after Williams sets the platform

Eirgrid Ulster U-20 FC semi-final: Derry 1-14 Fermanagh 1-11

Fintan Bradley edged Derry clear and Dara McBrien almost sent the tie into extra time but his goal effort went wide. Photo: Sportsfile
Fintan Bradley edged Derry clear and Dara McBrien almost sent the tie into extra time but his goal effort went wide. Photo: Sportsfile

Holders Derry qualified for another Ulster final with a narrow win over Fermanagh at Healy Park last night. Lorcan McWilliams slotted over four first-half points but Fermanagh were still on level terms at the break.

Derry made an explosive start to the second half with Dara Rafferty's goal, but five minutes later Fermanagh responded through Cameron McBrien. Fintan Bradley edged Derry clear and Dara McBrien almost sent the tie into extra time but his goal effort went wide.

Scorers - Derry: L McWilliams 0-4 (1f), D Rafferty 1-0, C McShane 0-3, D Cassidy, F Bradley (2 '45s), P Cassidy 0-2 each, A Doherty 0-1.Fermanagh: D McGurn 0-5 (5f), C McBrien 1-1, J Lagro Ellis, D McBrien, J Reihill, P Breen (f), C Jones 0-1 each.

Derry: O Hartin; O McGill, C McCluskey, S McKeever; D Cassidy, P McGrogan, F Bradley; D Rafferty, K Friel; C McShane, M McGrogan, S McErlain; L McWilliams, T McHugh, P Cassidy. Subs: A Doherty for McWilliams (h-t), E Doherty for McHugh (38)

Fermanagh: C Newman; E Shiels, J Cassidy, F Keenan; U Kelm, J Largo Ellis, R Breen; E Beacom, B Horan; C McBrien, C Jones, D McBrien; C Love, S Cassidy, D McGurn. Subs: P Breen for Kelm (35), J Reihill for Cassidy (37), L Owens for Jones (51), C McNally for Love (55).

Ref - N McKenna (Monaghan).

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