Derry                     1-21
Westmeath           2-4

A commanding performance from Derry minor hurlers takes them back in the final of the Celtic Challenge, after Saturday's semi-final win over Westmeath in Ashbourne.

Darragh McGilligan scored six first-half points, with Niall McGonigle hammering home a penalty, putting the champions into a 1-13 to 0-3 interval lead.

Eamon Cunneen, who 0-11 in their quarter-final win over Down, scored a Westmeath penalty early in the second-half.

But it only moved Derry up a gear and with Shea Cassidy in accurate form, Derry ran out convincing winners.

They will play the winners of Galway Tribsemen in the in a repeat of last year's final in Tullamore on Saturday, June 29.

Derry: Leo Passmore (0-2f); Karl McGilligan, Jack Conway, Mark McEldowney; Lorcan McAlinden, Niall McGonigle (1-0 pen), Jack Cassidy; Eoin McCallion, Darragh McGilligan (0-6, 1 ‘65’); Micheál Murray, Padhraig Nelis (0-2), Dara O’Kane (0-1); Kosta Papachristopolous (0-2), Ryan McPeake (0-1), Shea Cassidy (0-6 3f).

Subs: Cathan McElhinney, Keelan O’Kane, Fearghal McGahon, Callum O’Kane, Ciaran Crossan, Adam Rankin, Sé Gallagher, Aaron Campbell, Thomas McKeagney (0-1), Aidan Cutliffe, Ronan McWilliams, Oisin Madden, Keelan Doherty.

Westmeath: Oisín Loughlin; Peter Dalton, Michael Lynam, Aaron Fenlon; Cian McCarthy, David Weir, Donál Mulvihill; Warren Kirby, Mark Cunningham; Oisín Murray (0-1), Michael Moffatt, Eamon Cunneen (1-2, 2f, 1 pen); Oliver McClair (0-1), Mark Cully, Brian McGrath.
Subs: Brian Gaffney (1-0).

Ref: Kevin Parke (Antrim).

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