Swinburne has decisive say as Monaghan lift the Minor crown
MONAGHAN gained revenge for an earlier defeat at Celtic Park to beat Derry 1-9 to 0-9 and win the Ulster Minor Football title.
A penalty in the 52nd minute by Donnach Swinburne proved decisive for Monaghan at the Athletic Grounds.
Both sides battled for supremacy throughout. However, when Conan Milne scythed down Monaghan’s Jack Doogan late in the game, it gave referee Maggie Farrelly little option but to award the spot-kick.
Swinburne dispatched the penalty with ease to give the Oriels enough breathing space to hold off a gallant Derry side.
Derry scored the last three points of a very close first half to edge ahead by the minimum at half-time, leading 0-6 to 0-5.
The second half continued very much as the first had ended with Sean Jones and Aaron Mulligan scores cancelling out points from Ethan Doherty and Enda Downey for Derry.
However, the key score was the converted penalty.
Frees from Conleth McGuckin for Derry, and then Aaron Mulligan, brought this tightly-fought contest to an end. Monaghan captain Brendan Duffy proceeded to lift the Father Murray Cup.