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They Have To Sort Out The Floodlight Situation In Ulster - Tonight's U21 Action...

They Have To Sort Out The Floodlight Situation In Ulster - Tonight's U21 Action...
Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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With the exception of the Mayo-Galway clash - which goes ahead on Saturday - there was a full round of championship matches in the Eirgrid U21 Football championship this evening.

Here's what went down.


Dublin 2 - 15   Longford  3 - 7


Dublin started the game as 1/12 favourites but it half-time, there was the unmistakable smell of another shock in the air. The scene was reminiscent of Longford's astonishing victory over the Dubs two years back.

Longford's corner forwards Liam Connerton and Larry Moran hit the three goals between them and when Connerton nailed the third goal, Longford led 3-4 to 2-5, a lead they took into half-time.

However, a late flurry from the Dubs - who kicked the final six points of the game - saw them to a five point victory. Niall Scully was particularly influential up front for the Dubs.


 Kildare 2 - 15  Meath 0 - 13

Kildare were fancied at the outset and won even easier than most anticipated they would. Neil Flynn's goal was the game's showpiece moment, a solo effort which saw him power past four defenders and blast Kildare into a seven point lead just before half-time.

Meath reduced the deficit to three points largely through the boot of Rauirí O Coileáin but Kildare stood firm and an injury time goal from Ceim McMonagle gave them victory.


Cork 1 - 12  Kerry 1 - 9



Kerry relied almost wholly for scores on their corner forward Conor Keane - who scored all bar 0 - 2 of their total - and it wasn't enough as Cork secured a fifth straight championship win over their rivals in a row.

Cork burst into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead with the goal coming from Sean O'Donoghue. Kerry reduced the gap to two by half-time but Cork would end up finishing the stronger with Sean White and Conor Horgan kicking important points.

Darragh O'Sé's team are enduring an almost early 90's style spell in the wilderness at this level.


Tipperary 0 - 15  Clare 0 - 7


Tipperary are a powerhouse at underage football nowadays and the rest are just going to have to deal with it. They won handsomely against Clare this evening. They spread the scores around pretty well as nine players got their names on the board. Jason Lonergan did the most damage, knocking over five points.

It's Tipp's third successive Munster Final.


Roscommon 6 - 18  Sligo 0 - 12

Kiltoom was the scene of a massacre tonight as a massively talented Roscommon side slaughtered a tame Sligo outfit. Enda Smith bagged home a hat-trick before half-time and Roscommon led on a fairly embarrassing scoreline of 5 - 9 to 0 - 4 at the break.

The score might have been worse had Roscommon not greeted the sixth goal early in the second half with a host of changes. After Diarmuid Murtagh cracked home the final goal, a number of their players were called ashore.


Sligo landed a flurry of late scores through Michael Casey, Cian Breheny and Conor Kerins, and while it might be pushing it to say that these put respectability on the scoreboard, it did nonetheless make it look a tiny bit less unsightly at the end.

Not that Roscommon, who had declared their innings early in the second half, will worry overly much. They proved why they are favourites for this year's Connacht championship.


Armagh P - P Antrim

Ulster has to sort out it's floodlight problem. This time it was Armagh and this time they weren't revived.


Donegal 1 - 7  Cavan 0 - 9


Ryan McHugh grabbed the only goal three minutes and ten seconds into injury time as Donegal stole a dramatic victory up in Ballybofey and  Cavan's dreams of five Ulster U-21 titles in a row went up in smoke.

The real winners here were the people who spotted that some bookies were offering 5/2 that there would be less than 30 points scored in this game. A game involving Cavan. Easy money.

Tyrone 0 - 17  Fermanagh 0 - 7

Favourites for the Ulster title this year, Tyrone strolled to a simple victory over Fermanagh in a sleepy Omagh.


Monaghan 0 - 15   Derry 1 - 8

Derry led by a point at half-time but Neil McNicholl's sending off just before the break proved crucial as Monaghan powered by their Northern rivals.

Monaghan entered the game in Inniskeen as slight favourites and they ended up running out five point winners with Conor McCarthy, Fergal McGeough and Donal Meehan to the fore in the scoring stakes.



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