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EirGrid All Ireland U20 | Dubs Power into All Ireland Final

Saturday 17.10.2020
Team Talk Mag

EirGrid All Ireland U20 Semi Final
Tyrone 1-12 Dublin 1-14

For the second year running Tyrone exited the U20 Championship at the All Ireland semi final stage after losing out to Dublin at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game that the Red Hands led for long spells but they failed to score in the last ten minutes as the Leinster champions came from two points down to win  by the same margin. Tyrone led 1-7 to 1-5 at the break after an entertaining opening half. The Red Hands were the better side after the water break although having said that they were the side who were hoping for the halftime whistle as Dublin finished strongly.

The Ulster champions took the lead after only thirty five seconds with a mark from Darragh Canavan after he had taken a good catch from a perfect ball in from Ethan Jordan. Sean Lowry, a late replacement on te Dublin side, levelled matters when after a surging run his shot took a deflection and went over the bar.

A long range Tiarnan Quinn had Tyrone back in front but in the 7th minute Dublin centre half forward Lorcan O’Dell left it all square again. IN the 11th minute the Leinster champions struck for a goal when good work from Luke Swan saw him play the ball inside to Brian O’Leary who produced an assured low finish to the net past keeper Lorcan Quinn.

Quinn reduced the deficit with a brilliant point with the outside of his boot from the left wing before Dublin cancelled that out with an equal quality effort from out on the wing from Mark Lavin. Canavan then landed an outstanding point from out on the left wing before the water break.

When the action resumed Tyrone got their goal when Quinn first timed the ball to the back of the net after Dublin keeper Josh O’Neill had saved well from Tyrone midfielder Rory Donnelly. Jordan, Canavan and Jordan again all tagged on points to leave Tyrone 1-7 to 1-3 in front by the 23rd minute. Dublin went a quarter of an hour without registering before an Archer free was followed by a point from the same player to conclude the first half scoring.

Archer opened the second half scoring from a placed ball but Tyrone responded to go two in front again thanks to a well struck “45” from the boot of Jordan. Jordan then knocked over a free as Tyrone moved three clear by the 34th minute. Lavin landed another superb score for Dublin from out on the right wing but Tyrone came straight down the field for Simon Garrity to split the posts following good work from Jordan and Matthew Murnaghan.

Another Archer free reduced the deficit before Lavin found the range again with another quality score to leave it a one point game going into the final quarter. A Quinn free left Tyrone leading 1-11 to 1-9 going into the second water break.

O’Leary then pointed on the restart before Jordan converted another free in the 50th minute which was to prove to be Tyrone’s last score of the game. Archer pointed before O’Dell sent over the equaliser with a superb effort from distance. Dublin know had their tails up and with Tyrone struggling to get primary possession the Leinster champions pushed for home with Archer giving them the lead with a great score before wing half back Lee Gannon hit another fine score as they moved into the final.

Tyrone – Lorcan Quinn, Cormac Quinn, Cormac Munroe, Conal Devlin, Simon Garrity [0-1], Antoin Fox, James McCann, Kevin Barker, Rory Donnelly, Tom Donaghy, Darragh Canavan [0-3, 1M], Michael Gallagher, Ethan Jordan [0-5, 3F, 1 “45”], Matthew Murnaghan, Tiarnan Quinn [1-3, 2F]. Subs: Ryan Jones for Donaghy, Mark Hayes for Garrity, Joe Oguz for Barker, Liam Gray for Donnelly

Dublin – Josh O’Neill, Conor Tyrell, Adam Rafter, Josh Bannon, Mark O’Leary, Adam Waddick, Lee Gannon [0-1], Adam Fearon, Sean Lowry [0-1], Mark Lavin [0-3], Lorcan O’Dell [0-2], Sean Foran, Ciaran Archer [0-6, 3F], Luke Swan, Brian O’Leary [1-1].  Subs: Rory Dwyer for Tyrell, Kieran McKeon for Fearon

Referee: Barry Judge (Sligo)



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