In Celtic Park on Saturday, Derry and Fermanagh met in the preliminary round clash in the Ulster Under 20 Championship. Seán Cassidy’s goal put the away side 1-5 to 0-3 up at the break and it was a tough slog for Derry to retrieve the deficit in the second half.
Jude McAtamney’s dead ball accuracy in difficult conditions cut the gap to two points and it fell to Eunan Mulholland and Alex Doherty to raise white flags in the closing ten minutes and leave the final score 1-6 to 0-9.
Callum Jones and Micheál Glynn put Fermanagh two up at the start of extra time but Derry quickly took control of the tie and finished the game with 1-4 unanswered to win by 1-13 to 1-8, Cormac Murphy striking the goal that sealed their place in the last eight, where they’ll meet Antrim.
DERRY: Ryan Scullion; James Diamond, Tiarnán Walsh; Odhrán McLarnon; Eunan Mulholland (0-2), Iarlaith Donaghy, Aidan McCluskey; Kealan Friel (0-1), Conleth McShane; Niall Doyle, Fintan Bradley, Conleth McGuckin, Cormac Murphy (1-1), Jude McAtamney (0-3, 2f), Tiarnán McHugh (0-1)
SUBS: Alex Doherty (0-5) for F Bradley (41), Oran Downey for C McGuckin (55), Noel Rafferty for O McLarnon (63), F Bradley for C McShane, C McShane for J McAtamney (70+1), C McGuckin for N Doyle (78).
FERMANAGH: Sean McNally; Fergal Keenan, Aaron McManus, Luke Flanagan; Glenn Treacy, Josh Largo-Ellis, Achlinn Ó Cathain; Brandon Horan (0-1); Pól McKervey; Callum Jones (0-3), Micheál Glynn (0-2, 1 ’45’), Aaron Tierney; Garvan Quigley; Conor Love, Sean Cassidy (1-1)
SUBS: Gavin McGovern (0-1) for A Tierney (18), Ronan McHugh for G Quigley (HT), Josh Horan for L Flanagan (INJ 49), Aidan Keenan for S McNally (INJ 50), Rian McGovern for C Love
REF: Enda McFeely (Donegal)