All Ireland Under-20 football semi-final: Tyrone beat Kerry to set up Kildare decider
Tyrone will face Kildare in next week’s All-Ireland Under-20 football match after the Red Hands beat Kerry 1-14 to 1-12 in a thrilling semi-final.
Ruairi Canavan, son of Tyrone great Peter, scored eight points while Ciaran Bogue netted a late goal for Ulster County at Portlaoise.
Kerry led by one point at halftime and led four early in the second period thanks to Dylan Geaney’s goal
However, they couldn’t stop a determined Tyrone outfit.
Tyrone won the last of his five titles in 2015 when the competition was at under-21 level (before the switch to under-20 in 2018)
Ten-time winner Kerry hasn’t enjoyed success since 2008 but must wait at least a year before he has the chance to claim one of Cork’s record 12 titles.
It was a thrilling, ding-dong battle at Portlaoise with Kerry moving a point clear at 1-10 from 0-12 with six minutes to play thanks to a free Devon Burns.
Canavan, however, scored the seventh of his tied eight points before Bogue raised a decisive green flag three minutes from time.
While Ruairi Murphy and Dylan Geaney – who scored the Munster men’s goal two minutes into the second half – scored late for Kerry, Canavan’s eighth score secured a two-point success for Tyrone.
Paul Devlin’s side will face 2018 winners Kildare, who sealed their place in the final with a 0-12 to 0-7 win over Sligo on Saturday.