Ulster U21: Quarter-final wins for Red Hands and Armagh

Down defender Jamie Donnan challenges Armagh's Oisin O'Neill in the U21 clash at Pairc Esler
Down defender Jamie Donnan challenges Armagh's Oisin O'Neill in the U21 clash at Pairc Esler

All-Ireland U21 champions Tyrone beat Cavan 2-10 to 0-10 in the Ulster quarter-final at Breffni Park.

Second-half goals from Colm Byrne and Ben McDonnell booked a semi-final encounter against Donegal.

A free from Stephen McBrearty in the fifth minute of injury time saw Donegal edge an ill-tempered clash with Derry by 0-14 to 2-7 in Ballybofey.

Armagh hammered Down 5-16 to 0-9 to set up a last-four game with Monaghan, who thrashed Fermanagh 1-15 to 0-3.

Cavan led 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes but Tyrone senior star Cathal McShane kicked four points to put the visitors ahead for the first time at 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.

Colm Byrne's classy finish put clear daylight between the sides before McDonnell's fisted goal clinched victory.

Armagh forward Jack Rafferty attempts to move clear of Down opponent Gareth McDowell
Armagh forward Jack Rafferty attempts to move clear of Down opponent Gareth McDowell

Derry trailed 0-11 to 0-5 before Niall Loughlin's goal brought them back into contention against Donegal.

In a dramatic finish, the game looked set to go to extra time when Niall Toner cancelled out McBrearty's free, but the latter nailed another last-gasp free to clinch a win for Donegal.

Crossmaglen star Oisin O'Neill kicked 1-6 from midfield as Armagh thrashed Down.

Cathal McKenna and Shane McPartlan starred up front, kicking 1-5 and 2-2 respectively, while Conor Martin also weighed in with 1-3 in an impressive Orchard display.

Barry McGinn scored the only goal as Monaghan defeated Fermanagh 1-15 to 0-3 in Inniskeen to set up a last four showdown with Armagh.

Both semi-finals will be played on 30 March.

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