Alex Doherty scored 1-5 in Derry's comeback. (Pic: Tom Heaney)
ULSTER U2O FC PRELIMINARY ROUND
Five points from senior player Alex Doherty and a Cormac Murphy goal catapulted Derry U20s to a deserved extra-time win over Fermanagh in monsoon conditions at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.
Doherty came on during the second half and his long-range effort brought the sides level, 0-9 to 1-6.
Derry dominated the final quarter of normal time but seven wides in the last ten minutes, including an Aidan McCluskey effort that clearly went inside the post, saw the home side fail to translate their control into a winner.
Fermanagh scored the first two points of extra-time before Derry took control of the game once again.
Murphy's goal had a shade of luck attached to it, with a long left footed effort from the wing deceiving goalkeeper Aidan Keenan.
The Fermanagh 'keeper denied Doherty a second goal in the next attack, turning his effort over the bar. The Glen man added three further scores - including a sweet outside of the boot effort to cement the win.
Derry elected to play against the breeze and for 30 minutes of the first half, they played a text book possession game against a gale force wind.
James Diamond, Tiarnán Walsh and Odhrán McLarnon defended well, with Iarlaith Donaghy keeping tabs on Micheál Glynn.
Bellaghy duo Keelan Friel and Conleth McShane worked tirelessly at midfield, with Niall Doyle dovetailing back to help out.
Fermanagh hit 1-1 in stoppage time to give them a flattering 1-5 to 0-3 interval lead.
Derry bossed much of the second half on Fermanagh's kick-outs. Eunan Mulholland and Jude McAtamney hit two quick points to get Mickey Donnelly's side to within a point.
Doherty levelled the game before McAtamney (2), Mulholland spurned late chances to win the game.
The Oaks were left to dig deep in extra-time to book quarter-final clash with Antrim next Saturday.
DERRY: Ryan Scullion; James Diamond, Tiarnán Walsh; Odhrán McLarnon; Eunan Mulholland (0-2), Iarlaith Donaghy, Aidan McCluskey; Kealan Friel (0-1), Conleth McShane; Niall Doyle, Fintan Bradley, Conleth McGuckin, Cormac Murphy (1-1), Jude McAtamney (0-3, 2f), Tiarnán McHugh (0-1).
SUBS: Alex Doherty (0-5) for F Bradley (41), Oran Downey for C McGuckin (55), Noel Rafferty for O McLarnon (63), F Bradley for C McShane (Start ET), C McShane for J McAtamney (70+1), C McGuckin for N Doyle (78).
YELLOW CARDS: C Murphy (26), K Friel (45).
RED CARD: O Downey (74).
FERMANAGH: Sean McNally; Fergal Keenan, Aaron McManus, Luke Flanagan; Glenn Treacy, Josh Largo-Ellis, Achlinn Ó Cathain; Brandon Horan (0-1); Pól McKervey; Callum Jones (0-3), Micheál Glynn (0-2, 1 '45'), Aaron Tierney; Garvan Quigley; Conor Love, Sean Cassidy (1-1).
SUBS: Gavin McGovern (0-1) for A Tierney (18), Ronan McHugh for G Quigley (HT), Josh Horan for L Flanagan (INJ 49), Aidan Keenan for S McNally (INJ 50), Rian McGovern for C Love (INJ start of ET).
YELLOW CARD: B Horan (22).
RED CARD: A Ó Cathain (78).
REF: Enda McFeely (Donegal).
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