Derry down Dublin to set-up All-Ireland minor football final date with Monaghan

June 25, 2023

Derry's Johnny McGuckian with Jack O'Sullivan of Dublin ©INPHO/Cathal McOscar

Derry will face Monaghan in the All-Ireland minor football championship final next Saturday week after seeing off Dublin with an impressive display at the Athletic Grounds this evening.

The Ulster champions were full value for their 3-11 to 1-8 victory at the Armagh venue where they progressed to their third Tom Markham Cup decider in six years.

Three Ger Dillons frees and points from Oisin Doherty, James Sargent (‘45’) and Tommy Rogers helped the Oak Leafers to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at the halfway stage before their capital counterparts made a sizzling restart.

Eamon Young stretched the Derry lead to four in the 33rd minute but it was erased by a Ryan Mitchell point ahead of substitute Shane Mullarkey firing in an immediate goal to level the semi-final.

Derry regrouped and eight minutes they’d win a penalty for Sargent to drill in low to the Dubs’ net and they’d have the ball in the onion bag again on 51 minutes when corner-back Luke Grant finished in front close range.

Another Dillon free maintained the seven-point lead for Damian McErlain’s lads and Cahir Spiers would hammer in their third goal deep in injury-time, leaving them with an all-Ulster final date to look forward to with Monaghan on July 8th.

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