EirGrid Ulster U21 Football Championship Quarter Final
Cavan 2-19 Fermanagh 0-4
15th March, Brewster Park, Enniskillen.
Back (L to R): Conor Bradley, Jason McMahon, Bryan Magee, Matthew McKenna, Sean O’Connor, Dónal Monahan, Liam Brady, Pierce Smith, David Wilson, Thomas Edward Donohoe, Killian Maguire, Patrick O’Reilly, Peter Corrigan, Mark Fegan.
Front (L to R): Luke Fortune, Stuart Dunne, Conor Smith, Keenan Donohoe, Darragh Gannon, Rhys Clarke, Cormac Daly, Caoimhin O’Reilly, Brendan Argue, Micheal Smart, Eoin Sommerville, Ryan Connolly, Thomas Galligan.
Cavan U21s got their Ulster Championship campaign off to a winning start with an impressive victory over neighbours Fermanagh at Brewster Park. Substitutes Conor Smith and Peter Corrigan netted for the Breffni lads in the second half.
Cavan raced into an early lead kicking seven points before the hosts registered their first score in the 16th minute from Conor McAuley. Fermanagh had their best period kicking three points but failed to narrow Cavan’s lead who kicked three of their own to lead 0-10 to 0-3 at the break with Caoimhin O’Reilly and Ryan Connolly registering eight points between them.
Cavan’s midfield duo of Thomas Galligan and captain Cormac Daly lorded the sector throughout and the back line dominated particularly in the second half endured the forwards had an ample supply of possession and they made it count. The visitors scored 2-9 to 0-1 in the second half with nine scorers through the game.
Niall Lynch and Co now prepare to play the winners of Donegal or Tyrone (Wednesday 29th March) who finished level after extra time and replay next Wednesday night.
Scorers for Cavan: Caoimhin O’Reilly (0-7, 2f), Ryan Connolly (0-4, 1f), Bryan Magee (0-3, 1f), Conor Smith (1-0), Peter Corrigan (1-0), Conor Bradley (0-2), Matthew McKenna, Pierce Smith, Rhys Clarke (0-1 each).
Scorers for Fermanagh: Conor McAuley (0-2, 1f), Keelan Kelly (0-1), David Teague (0-1f).
CAVAN: Liam Brady (Ramor United), Micheal Smart (Ramor United), Dónal Monahan (Drumlane), Luke Fortune (Cavan Gaels), Sean O’Connor (Cootehill Celtic), Eoin Sommerville (Ramor United), David Wilson (Lacken), Thomas Galligan (Lacken), Cormac Daly (Castlerahan), Pierce Smith (Crosserlough), Thomas Edward Donohoe (Denn), Matthew McKenna (Killygarry)
Caoimhin O’Reilly (Butlersbridge), Bryan Magee (Cuchulainns), Ryan Connolly (Drumlane).
Subs: Conor Smith (Killygarry) for Connolly (34 mins), Rhys Clarke (Bailieborough) for Donohoe (40 mins), Brendan Argue (Bailieborough) for Wilson (44 mins), Conor Bradley (Ramor United) for McKenna (44 mins), Peter Corrigan (Kingscourt) for Pierce Smith (47 mins), Killian Maguire (Ramor United) for Daly (52 mins).
FERMANAGH: Jack Kelly, Ben Daly, Rory McCaffrey, Conor Carney, Cian McManus, Michael Óg McGarrigle, Danny Leonard, Niall Clarke, Damhan Sanderson, Keelan Kelly, Connor McAuley, Conor McShea, James Toye, David Teague, Conor McGee.
Subs: Lee Jones for Carney (13 mins), Aaron Burke for McShea (37 mins), Dáire O’Cathain for McGee (39 mins), James McCaffrey for Daly (56 mins), Michael Maguire for Teague (58 mins).