Ulster U21FC: Tierney fires champions past Armagh
March 22, 2012
Cavan's Kevin Tierney gains possession ahead of Armagh's Colm Hoey during the Ulster U21 clash at Breffni Park
Seven points from the magnificent Kevin Tierney ensured Cavan of a successful first defence of their Cadbury Ulster U21FC title at Armagh's expense in Kingspan/Breffni Park last night.
The Orchard County, who were All-Ireland minor champions three years ago, had no answer to the full forward whose scoring tally included 0-5 from play. Tierney kicked four points to help the champions into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead before Robbie Tasker and James Donnelly replied for the visitors to leave them trailing by two, 0-4 to 0-6, at the break.
The Breffnimen took a firm grip on proceedings when Tierney set up Chris Conroy for a well-taken 36th minute goal. The hosts were leading 1-8 to 0-4 when Armagh's Aidan Forker was sent off on a straight red card with 13 minutes remaining.
Despite going down to 14 men, Armagh immediately managed a goal of their own from Tasker, but they left themselves with too much to do as Cavan pulled clear again to set up a semi-final meeting with Derry in two weeks' time.
Cavan - C Gilsenan; J Morris, K Clarke, J McLoughlin; D Sexton, C Moynagh, M Brady; P Leddy (0-1), K Brady; J Dillon, B Reilly, F Flanagan (0-1); P O'Connor, K Tierney (0-7), J Brady (0-1). Subs; C Conroy (1-0) for Reilly, N O'Donnell for K Brady, P King for Leddy, PP O'Hara (0-1) for Tierney, S Cadden for Dillon.
Armagh - S O'Reilly; R McCaughley, C Hoey, B Kelly; N Rowland, D McKenna, K Nugent; J Donnelly (0-1), P Casey; A Murnin, S Campbell, M McKenna; A Forker (0-1), G McParland, R Tasker (1-3). Subs: R Grugan for McPartland, R Rafferty for Campbell, C McCafferty for Nugent.
Ref - F Cleary (Fermanagh). For more information on the Cadbury GAA Championship go to the official Facebook page or follow it Twitter.
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