Impressive Red Hands cruise into Ulster U20FC semi-finals

April 11, 2024

Tyrone's Eoin McElholm celebrates scoring a goal ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tyrone cruised into the semi-finals of the Ulster U20 football championship yesterday evening by handing Monaghan a 5-20 to 0-8 defeat in Coalisland.

Odhran Brolly, Cormac Devlin and Eoin McElholm registered the majors as the Red Hands went in with a 3-8 to 0-3 lead at the interval.

Substitute Ruairi McCullagh was introduced in the second-half by the hosts and would hit a quick 1-2 before Michael Rafferty’s late strike made for his side’s fifth goal as they topped Section A of the competition unbeaten to progress through to the last four.

In Owenbeg, Derry also hit the opposition for five goals as they defeated Antrim by 5-16 to 0-3.

Ryan McNicholl (2) Ruairi Forbes and Niall O’Donnell all found the net for the Oak Leafers in the first-half and Odhran Murphy (penalty) added another after the turnaround to help complete the rout.

Derry are now set to face Cavan in the quarter-finals following the Breffni County’s 2-9 to 1-11 derby win over Fermanagh in Enniskillen.

Matthew Smith’s early goal helped Larry Reilly’s team towards a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at the break and, despite a goal from Micheal Burns for the home side, Darragh Lovett’s major would help the Blues see it out.

With Ballybofey deemed unplayable yesterday, Donegal and Armagh will have to square off on another date to determine which side will face Monaghan in the semi-finals.

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