Cavan Under-21s lose to Galway in All-Ireland decider

Croke Park action
Galway's Colin Forde and Cavan's Niall McDermott in action at Croke Park

Cavan were defeated 2-16 to 1-9 by Galway in the All-Ireland Under-21 Football Final at Croke Park.

Cavan led early in the game but Galway drew level and scored their first goal when Patrick Sweeney fisted the ball into the net on 16 minutes.

Eric Monahan's 21st-minute goal made it 2-8 to 0-3 as Galway scored two goals and seven points without reply.

Barry Reilly saw his penalty saved and a late Conor McClarey goal proved little consolation for the Ulster side.

Niall Smith scored the first point of the game for Cavan, as they chased their first title, but Joss Moore responded for Galway.

Cavan nudged ahead again with a Reilly point and a Fergal Flanagan point made it 0-3 to 0-2.

The sides were tied again at 0-3 apiece thanks to a Danny Cummins point but then Galway took control.

Terry Hyland's charges failed to score for another 14 minutes and Sweeney's goal came after his side had twice been denied by the crossbar.

Referee Eddie Kinsella failed to notice that one of his umpires had initially signalled for a 45 metre free, but the goal stood.

A Reilly free eventually ended Galway's run of 2-7 unanswered points but Galway led 2-10 to 0-5 at the interval.

In the second half Manus Breathnach saved Reilly's 33rd minute penalty, which had been won by McDermott, and Galway remained in control to claim the title for the fourth time and secure their first success since 2005.

McClarey scored a late goal with his first touch one minute after coming on as a substitute.

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