Wednesday’s U21 Gaelic Football round-up

There were six exciting Cadbury U21 championship matches on Wednesday night with Tyrone & Down the highlight.

Down 1-11 Tyrone 0-14(AET)

Down and Tyrone must do it all again for the third time, after playing out a draw in their Under-21 replay at Pairc Esler in Newry on Wednesday night. The sides were level on a number of occasions and could not be separated after extra time.

The home side scored a goal after 21 minutes and led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break. After the restart Tyrone came right back into the game and drew level with some fine scores. Matthew Donnelly scored two and Kyle Coney weighed in with three scores to force the tie into extra time. The extra period was a tight affair and while the visitors led early they were pegged back by scores from Ryan O’Hare and Paul Devlin. Down led by one deep into the second period, but Tyrone hit the vital point that means the sides must meet yet again next week.

Tyrone: N Morgan, N Sludden, R McNamee, F McQuaid, R Donnelly [0-1], R Pickering, T McCann, N McKenna [0-2], R Keenan, P McNeice [0-2], P Harte [0-1], D McNulty, R O’Neill, K Coney [0-5], M Donnelly [0-3]. Subs: B McGarvey for McNeice, S McKenna for McCann, C Gervin for Keenan, R McNabb for McNulty, J McCullagh for Gervin, D McNulty for McGarvey, S Warnock for N McKenna.

Down: J Deeney, M Higgins, P Boyle, A Brannigan, K Quinn, P Bonny, D McKibben, A McArdle, C Poland, B O’Reilly [0-3], P McPolin [0-1], C Clarke [0-1], D Savage [0-3], C Harrison [1-1], R Brady. Subs: C Toner for Bonny, R McGarry for Harrison, P Devlin [0-1] for Clarke, C Harrison for Deeney, C O’Hare for Savage, G McAnulty for Boyle, N McParland for Toner, R O’Hare [0-1] for Brady.

Kerry 3-15 Limerick 2-06

Paul Geaney was the star of the show as Kerry easily beat Limerick in this Munster Under-21 tie at the Gaelic Grounds last night.

The Dingle man scored two goals and three points as the kingdom booked their place in yet another Munster Final. James O’Donoughue and Barry John Walsh also stood out for the visitors who were far too strong for their opponents on the day.

Limerick were just two points behind at the break, 1-6 to 1-4,after Eoghan O’Connor scored a debatable penalty for the home side. However, Kerry stepped up a gear after the restart and added two further goals and a number of points to run out easy victors.

Scorers – Kerry: P Geaney 2-3 (0-2f), J O’Donoughue 1-4, BJ Walsh 0-5, E Walsh, J Walsh, A Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Limerick: E O’Connor 1-3 (1-0 pen, 3 f), D Kelly 1-0, T McCarthy, J Kelly, J O’Donovan 0-1 each.

Kerry – B Kelly; P Crowley, M Griffin, P Kilkenny; J Sherwood, B Shanahan, J Lyne; C Moriarty, E Walsh; J O’Donoughue, BJ Walsh, A Fitzgerald; S O’Brien, D Casey, P Greaney. Subs: J Walsh for Moriarty (41), N O’Shea for Casey (51).

Limerick – B Scanlon; P Martin, M Sheehan, R O’Flaherty; P Sheehan, P Hannon, P Quinn; T McCarthy, P Horan; P Scanlon, J Kelly, D Kelly; P O’Donnell, J O’Donovan, E O’Connor.

Cavan 0-12 Donegal 1-4

Despite the poor run of their seniors, the Under-21’s easily accounted for Donegal in this Ulster tie at Brewster Park, Enniskillen, to book their place in the final for the second successive year.

Cavan led by 0-6 to 1-1 at the break and were full value for their advantage. Donegal were lucky not to be further in arrears but the goal from Dermot Molloy kept them in contention. Jack Brady increased the Cavan lead immediately after the restart and Barry Reilly scored two points to give Cavan a 0-9 to 1-1 lead.

Donegal finally got on the scoreboard after a 22-minute barren period when Molloy pointed from a free. Despite Donegal trying with everything they had for the final quarter, it was not enough on the night, and Cavan held out to secure their place in the provincial decider.

Scorers – Cavan: B Reilly 0-5 (4f), J Brady, N McDermott 0-2 each, G McKiernan, N Smith, P Leddy 0-1 each. Donegal: M McHugh 0-2 (2f), D Molloy 1-1 (1f), R McErlean 0-1.

Cavan – A O’Mara: M Leddy, O Minagh, D Tighe; K Meehan, D Barkey, M Brady; G McKiernan, F Flanagan; N Smith, C McClarey, B Reilly; J Brady, N McDermott, P Leddy. Subs: S Tierney for McClarey (42), N McKiernan for Leddy (45), N Murray for Flanagan (53), S Nolan for Brady (59), S Gray for Tighe (61).

Donegal – P Boyle; D Curran, E Doherty, T McKinley; S Kennedy, L Keeney, C McGinley; C Classon, A McFadden; M McHugh, D Molloy, D McLoughlin; K McFadden, R McErlean, P McBrearty. Subs: K Ward for Curran (h-t), P McNeilis for McGinley (h-t), O McNiallais for Keeney (35), S Corcoran for McFadden (35), A Kelly for Kennedy (53).

Wexford 1-10 Carlow 0-9

Wexford started slowly and had to come from behind to eventually see off Carlow, in this Leinster Under-21 clash on Wednesday evening.

Carlow were the better team in the first half and with Darragh Foley scoring four points they led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 20 minutes. Matthew O’Hanlon, Killian Kehoe and Michael O’Regan scored for Wexford as they came back into the game , and a penalty from Conor Carty just before the break proved the decisive score.

Wexford led 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time and hit five unanswered points after the restart as they took over. Carlow managed 0-4 to the home side’s 0-1 in the final quarter, but by then the damage had been done and Wexford held out for the win.

Scorers – Wexford: C Carty 1-1 (1 pen, 1f), E Kent 0-3 (1f), K O’Grady 0-2, M O’Regan, M O’Hanlon, K Kehoe, B Halpin 0-1 each. Carlow: D Foley 0-8 (7f), K McCabe 0-1.

Wexford – R Farrell; M Furlong, S Gaule, C Carty; D Butler, J Leacy, J Breen; M O’Hanlon, M O’Regan; L Og MCgovern, E Kent, P Kelly; K O’Grady, K Kehoe, B Halpin. Subs: D Murphy for D Butler (40), T Rossiter for B Halpin(55), A Jones for K O’Grady (60), D Cullen for M O’Regan (61).

Carlow – B Doyle; R Mahon, C Lawlor, J Kenny; J Byrne, B Lambe, J Kane; H Gahan, D Foley; P McElligot, K McCabe, E Ruth; K Keogh, R Power, E Byrne. Subs: E McGrath for R Power (41), D Roberts for D Keogh (43), M Ware for E Byrne (44), C Byrne for J Kane (50), C Walsh for E Ruth (60)

Cork 0-21 Tipperary 2-3

Cork and Kerry will meet in yet another Munster Final after the rebels easily beat Tipperary at Pairc Ui Rinn last night.

Michael O’Leary was the star man, scoring three points from midfield, in a game he totally dominated. Mark Collins was the chief scorer, hitting 0-8 as the hosts easily accounted for moderate opposition. The rebels led by five points early in the game and would have been out of sight but for a Tipperary goal from Donagh Leahy.

Cork hit another five points without reply before the Premier men narrowed the gap a second time with another well taken goal. The home side led by three points at the interval(0-10 to 2-1) but dominated the second period and easily won the contest.

Scorers – Cork: M Collins 0-8 (5f), B O’Driscoll (1f), C Sheehan 0-4 each, M O’Leary 0-3, P Honahan 0-2. Tipperary: D Leahy, D McGrath 1-0 each, C Sweeney, L Boland, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Cork – S Mellet; L Jennings, D Cahalane, A Cronin; P Daly, T Clancy, J Wall; M O’Leary, A Walsh; C Sheehan, M Collins, J O’Rourke; D Og Hodnett, B O’Driscoll, P Honahan. Subs: E Buckley for Hodnett (53), T Clancy for Wall (55), D Nation for Walsh (55).

Tipperary – J English; R Kiely, J Ryan, M Hanly; D Leahy, E Kenrick, J O’Callaghan; D Heffernan, P Acheson; B Hewitt, A Maloney, A Matassa; C Sweeney, D Butler, D McGrath. Subs: G Ryan for E Kenrick (17), M O’Dwyer for Hewitt (h-t), L Boland for Butler (42), T Hanly for Maloney (44), K O’Riordan for M Hanly (55)

Longford 0-10 Westmeath 0-9

Longford won their way through to the Leinster Under-21 Final after a thrilling finish at Pairc Tailteann in Navan last night.

Westmeath were two points in front with five minutes left, but late points from JJ Matthews and Padraig McCormack brought the sides level, before James McGivney scored from a 35-metre free with two minutes remaining to give Longford a famous victory.

John Heslin was left on the bench by Westmeath, but entered the game shortly after half-time. However, he was sent off after 49 minutes and with him went the lakesiders hopes of making the provincial decider.

Scorers – Longford: J McGivney 0-4 (3f), R Smith 0-2 (1f), J Keegan, P McCormack, P Reynolds, JJ Matthews 0-1 each. Westmeath: C Lynam 0-6 (6f), A Corroon, I Coffey (f), T McDaniel 0-1 each.

Longford – P Columb; J Carroll, F Battrim, A Quinn; S Mahon, CP Smith, D Cooney; K Diffley, J Keegan; P McCormack, J McGivney, M Mulvey; R Smith, D Gallagher, JJ Matthews. Subs: P Devine for Carroll (13), P Reynolds for Gallagher (21), C Keegan for Mulvey (47), J Noonan for Smith (56), Gallagher for Mahon (59).

Westmeath – E Carberry; B Moran, K Sheridan, K Maguire; M McCallon, K Martin, J Dolan; D Keenan, D Daly; A Corroon, C Lynam, G Egan; I Coffey, C McCormack, T McDaniel. Subs: J Heslin for Keenan (33), J Gilligan for Corroon (52)


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