Cavan 1-10 0-08 Wexford
Cavan Under-21’s reached the All-Ireland Football Semi-Final after a five point victory over Wexford at Parnell Park on Saturday evening. The Breffni men only won their first Ulster title in 23 years on Wednesday night and did very well on their second appearance in a week.
Niall McDermott gave Cavan the lead after just two minutes and it set them on the way for the night. Michael Brady increased the lead to two after 8 minutes before Killian Keogh reduced the lead soon after. Conor Carty kicked the sides level on the quarter hour mark and struck again a minute later to give Wexford the lead. McDermott kicked his second point of the evening to draw the sides level again on the 20 minute mark.
Carty gave Wexford the lead just before the half-time break but Cavan hit back and drew level just on the whistle. Five minutes into the second half and Cavan led by three thanks to a fine goal from Niall McDermott. This was to prove the turning point of the evening. McDermott added a point a minute later to increase the lead to four. Wexford hit back with the next two points to narrow the gap once more. A free from Conor Carty left a point in the game with ten minutes to play.
Jack Brady scored for Cavan to give them a two point lead again and Barry O’Reilly made it three shortly after. Gearoid McKernan and Brady again, left Cavan five in front with less than 3 minutes to play. Wexford again pulled back a score but Brady fired Cavan into the final with a fine point just before the finish.
Wexford should have been closer but for some poor finishing on the night and Cavan will have their work cut out to beat Galway on this performance. However,it was their second game in a week and they are certain to improve.