All-Ireland U21 semi-final: Cork 0-15 1-11 Cavan

Cork's Ian Maguire challenges Enda Reilly in the semi-final

Cavan's heroic comeback fell just short as Cork held on to win the All-Ireland U21 semi-final at Tullamore.

Cork led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and they moved clear early in the second half, with two Brian Hurley points and scores from Mark Sugrue and MacEoin.

However, Cavan were right back in it after 53 minutes when Conroy fired in the only goal of the game.

The Ulster champions had the chance to level deep into injury-time but Enda Reilly's free curled wide.

Cavan made a promising start, going ahead with scores from Paul O'Connor and Reilly.

But the Munster men got on top in midfield, and by the 12th minute they were two ahead, with Dan MacEoin, Brian O'Driscoll, Damien Cahalane and Luke Connolly firing over points.

Connolly and Alan Cadogan were on target as the Rebels went 0-6 to 0-3 in front, but Cavan responded with superb points from Turloc Mooney and Reilly.

Conroy's goal halted Cork's burst after the interval and Conor Moynagh fired over the equalising point for Cavan.

In a dramatic finish Cork regained the lead through McEoin's free before Reilly, who was brought back into the action after being substituted earlier, missed a difficult free.

Cork scorers: D MacEoin 0-4 (4f), M Sugrue 0-3, B Hurley, L Connolly, B O'Driscoll 0-2 each, A Cadogan, D Cahalane ('45) 0-1 each.

Cavan scorers: C Conroy 1-0, E Reilly 0-3, P O'Connor, J Brady (1f) 0-2 each, D McVeety, C Moynagh, T Mooney, C Madden 0-1 each.

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