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
Cavan 1-11
Armagh 1-5

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).

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