Farren finds range as Derry ease past Mourne men
(Ulster U21 Hurling Semi Final)
Derry proved too strong for Down in this clash in Casement Park last night.
Playing open and fast hurling both sides showed a lot of skills and power, but overall Derry were stronger both physically and in finishing power.
Down played their best hurling in the second half taking the game to Derry but they conceded two goals that gave the Oak Leafers the initiative which they held to the finish.
Derry controlled midfield through Charles Gilmore and Dermot O'Neill, while in attack full forward Shane Farren was the star player on view, scoring 2-7of the Derry total with his second goal coming from a penalty and five of his points from frees.
Down, too, had a star attacker in minor star Lorcan McMullan, who scored both their goals, with his second, midway through the second half, a real gem.
Down opened with a goal from Lorcan McMullan after six minutes, but Derry, with Alan Grant, Tiarnan McCloskey, Chris Convery and the accurate Shane Farren to the fore, gradually took control with Farren lobbing over points as they led by 1-10 to 1-4 at half time.
Down restarted with three points and it was midway through the half before Derry had their first score of the period with Shane Farren's goal from a penalty.
Lorcan McMullan raced in for a Down goal, but a third Derry goal from substitute Neil Ferris assured Derry of victory.
Scorers -- Derry: S Farren 2-7, N Ferris 1-0, C O'Kane 0-3, A Grant 0-2, T McCloskey, C Convery, C Gilmore 0-1 each. Down: L McMullan 2-2, C Dorrian 0-4, E Conway, D McManus, J Gilmore, A Smyth 0-1 each.