Updated: June 26th, 2021

Ulster MFC: Derry 3-10 Tyrone 2-12

Derry will face Monaghan in the delayed 2020 Ulster minor football final, following a thrilling one-point victory against Tyrone on Saturday afternoon.

Game Recap

There was some fantastic scoring throughout this contest, up until an incredibly tense final quarter.

Matthew Downey slammed in a penalty for Derry to make it 3-9 to 2-11 to the Oak Leaf county after 40 minutes, but the scoring dried up from there, with just one point scored by each team for the remainder of the game.

Photo: Margaret McLaughlin

In the opening period, goals from Downey and Niall O’Donnell helped Derry keep their noses in front, but Tyrone responded at the other end and a late goal from Conor McGillion gave the Red Hands a slender half-time lead (2-7 to 2-6).

The sides exchanged scores to open the second period, with captain Downey’s emphatic penalty goal proving to be the decisive score of the game as his side edged out a nervy finale.

The win ensures Derry will play in their fifth Ulster MFC Final in six years – where they will play Monaghan, who defeated Fermanagh in the other semi-final (3-10 to 2-10).

Post-match reaction

Derry manager Martin Boyle spoke to us after the game:

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