Fermanagh no match for Down in Ulster U20 championship

Fermanagh’s under-20 gaelic footballers were eliminated from the Ulster Championship on Friday night by Down on a final scoreline of 2-13 to 0-7 in their preliminary round game in Newry.

Down, who are the Ulster holders at this grade, took charge of the contest in the early moments with Adrian Crimmins fourth-minute goal helping them to establish a 1-7 to 0-2 first-half lead.

The Erne men were unable to make any meaningful headway into the Down lead in the second-half.

Fionan O’Brien was accurate from the frees for Fermanagh, scoring 0-6, but Down, who are managed by Kilcoo’s All-Ireland club winner Conor Laverty, were never in trouble.

They wrapped up the victory in the closing stages with a second goal, this time from Oisín Savage, to close out a 2-13 to 0-7 success and set up a quarter-final meeting with Tyrone next weekend.

Garry Duffy’s Donegal begin their Ulster championship challenge against Armagh next Friday night at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey (8pm).

Ulster U20 football championship prelim round result
Down (holders) 2-13 Fermanagh 0-7

Friday, April 1st
Donegal v Armagh – Ballybofey, 8pm
Derry v Antrim – Owenbeg 8pm
Monaghan v Cavan – Inniskeen 8:15pm

Saturday, April 2nd
Down v Tyrone – Loughmacrory 1pm.