Derry ease their way into the last four

All-Ireland MFC quarter final

Derry 1-13 Galway 0-4

By Michael McMullan

DERRY minors ended the county’s hoodoo with Galway to book their spot in the All-Ireland semi-finals in commanding fashion.

The young Oaks will take on Dublin in the last four after a performance of control in greasy conditions in Carrick on Shannon.

The trio of Eamon Young, Johnny McGuckian and Cahir Spiers popped up everywhere in a Derry performance hinged with width to keep the middle channel open.

Young hammered to the Galway net for a 1-3 to 0-1 lead and with Ger Dillon on formed with his frees, it was Derry who led 1-5 to 0-2 at the break.

McGuckian won a free for a Dillon point at the start of the second half and added a point himself as Derry took control of the game once again.

Galway lost Ross Coen to a black card – after his earlier booking – and they were down to 14 men against a controlled Derry.

Spiers, Dillon and substitute Dara McGuckin added scores as Derry eased into the last four.

Derry: Jack McCloy; Fionn McEldowney, Finbar Murray, Luke Grant; Cahir Spiers (0-2), James Sargent, Odhran Campbell; Cahal McKaigue, Tommy Rogers; Eamon Young (1-3), Rory Small, Johnny McGuckian (0-1); Ger Dillon (0-5, 4f), Conall Higgins, Oisin Doherty (0-1)
Subs: Darach McGonigle for L Grant (43), Kevin B Mullan for T Rogers (47), Lee O’Neill for O Doherty (56), Dara McGuckin (0-1) for J Sargent (58), D McNamee for C Higgins (59)

Galway: Cillian Walsh; Tiarnán Proulx, Vinny Gill, Seán O’Flynn; Olan Kelly, Ross Coen, Brian O’Malley (0-1); Shay McGlinchey, Stephen O’Grady; Michael Mulryan, Ciarán Mulhern (0-1f), Ruairí Walkin; Charlie Cox (0-2, 1f), Ciarán McDonagh, Daniel Fitzmaurice

Subs: Conor McNally for R Walkin (INJ 25), Padraic Faherty for S O’Grady (41), Fionán Ó Conghaile for C McDonagh (43), Seán Rhattigan for B O’Malley (52), Cillian Gannon for D Fitzmaurice (56)

Referee: Conor Dourneen (Cavan)




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