Down will take on Kerry in this year’s All-Ireland U-20 HC B final after they scraped over the challenge of Derry at Owenbeg today.
Midfielder Niall Fitzsimmons’ injury-time was the difference between the sides at the final whistle as the Mourne County prevailed by 2-17 to 0-22.
Goals in either half from Ronan Costello and Conor McCrickard were also key ingredients in their winning formula as they overturned a 1-5 to 0-12 half-time deficit.
Down - C McLarnon; E Kelly, T Murray, A Dorrian; C Smith, R McCrickard, N McFarland (0-1); N Fitzsimmons (0-1), P Savage; J Hanrahan, R Blair (0-3f), T Prenter (0-1); R Costello (1-2), C McCrickard (1-5, 0-2f), S Martin (0-4). Subs: M McAreey for E Kelly, C Watson for J Hanrahan, M McKaye for C Smith, P Doran for R Blair.
Derry - E Mulholland; D Kelly, M McEldowney, M Bradley; P O'Kane, T Walsh, F Bradley (0-1); R Mullan (0-7, 3f), N Rafferty; E Cassidy (0-4), S Kelly (0-2), E O'Kane (0-4); R Scullion (0-1), T McHugh (0-2), R McSorley (0-1). Subs: J Crawford for N Rafferty, J Grant for R McSorley, F McGrath for D Kelly, T Rankin for R Scullion.
Referee - A Ferguson.Tweet