Impressive Derry crowned the last Ulster Under-18 champions

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Impressive Derry crowned the last Ulster Under-18 champions thumbnailTwin brothers Oisin and Loran McWilliams with clubman tartan Walsh.

Derry................1-22 Cavan...............2-12

BY the time Derry captain and player of the match Padraig McGrogan stepped forward to accept the Fr Murray Cup there were 31,912 packed into Páirc Thiarnaigh Naofa in blazing sunshine. It was Derry's 14th title in the U18 grade and their second victory over the Breffni County in three years, they were successful in 2015 and last year were narrowly defeated by Donegal.
The Oak Leaf County will also go into the history books as the last winner of the U18 grade as the 2018 competition will be played at U17 level.
This is a change that many do not agree with. The current age group has worked well for the last eighty years,
Derry did have a few scares along the way in this rollercoaster final as Cavan cut the lead to two points early in the second half and again in the 41st minute but a hugely talented Oak Leaf team who finished the game with a flourish for a polished seven points win.
Maybe if there was a flaw in the performance it was the concession of the two goals.
While there were outstanding individual displays from Padraig McGrogan, Declan Cassidy, Lorcan McWilliams, Paddy Quigg and Steelstown's Ben McCarron (1-03 from play) this was mostly a terrific team display, with several players also coming off the bench to make significant contributions over the hour.



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