Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uladh

Down retain U21 Title

April 16th, 2009

down-u21-fc-2009.jpgUlster U21 FC Final:
Down 1-14  Armagh 2-10

Down retained the Ulster U21 football title with a 1-14 to 2-10 victory over Armagh at Casement Park on Wednesday evening.

The Mourne men youths got the better of their Orchard County rivals by a single point, with a late Conor Poland goal the difference between the sides.

The men from Armagh started well despite playing against the breeze and they were 2-4 to 0-7 to the good at half-time, with Shane Carroll and Kieran Hoey both notching goals.

Down hit back but Stefan Forker and Kyle Carragher responded with points to give their side a four-point lead with just a quarter of the game to go.

A flurry of scores from Down men then saw them draw level as Michael McGee, Paul McComiskey, Jamie O’Reilly and Peter Fitzpatrick all gave the umpires work to do.

However, it looked like it was going to be Armagh’s night when Forker and David Cumiskey edged them back two points in front with time running out.

But there was still time for Down to put together a four-man move that ended with Poland slamming home to the net for a dramatic finish to give victory to the boys in red and black.

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