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Dubs earn final berth beating Cavan
19 Apr 2014 20:08
Senior star Cormac Costello kicked the winner as Dublin came from behind to beat Cavan 0-11 to 0-10 and secure their Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 final spot against Roscommon.
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The 2012 winners and tournament favourites had to achieve victory the hard way, moving ahead for the first time in the game in the 60th minute when Costello converted a free.
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It was a controversial finish too with referee Derek O'Mahoney requiring a Garda escort off the pitch at O'Moore Park.
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He applied the advantage rule after Gavin Ivory had initially kicked a Dublin wide, allowing Costello to score the winner.
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Minutes earlier, Conor McHugh had levelled the scores at 10 points each with a Dublin point, having been lucky to avoid a black card.
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Four-in-a-row Ulster champions Cavan looked set to remain in line for a first ever title at the grade as they led from the first score until the 56th minute.
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But three Dublin points in a row in the final seven minutes ultimately secured victory for Dessie Farrell's side and a clash with Roscommon in the final.
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Dublin were without long-term cruciate injury victim Ciaran Kilkenny, while senior midfielder Shane Carthy, their Leinster final star, was one of three late withdrawals.
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The Dubs were poor early on and blasted nine first-half wides - 14 in total - with All-Ireland senior medallist Paul Mannion and Conor McHugh both errant.
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Cavan were more economical in attack and although they didn't create any goalscoring opportunities, they picked off some great scores.
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Joe Dillion was their key man at right corner-forward. however, he was substituted late on for a black card offence. He had an epic battle with Dublin full-back David Byrne and kicked three great points from play in the first-half.
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Cavan's third score opened up a 0-6 to 0-3 lead after 25 minutes and they moved four clear when Enda Flanagan converted a free.
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But Dublin pulled two important points back before the break through Niall Scully and Costello.
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Injury doubt Costello showed how much it meant by pumping his fist in celebration as Dublin trailed by just 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time.
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Dublin couldn't build on the momentum initially and Cavan reopened their four-point lead early in the second-half.
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Dara McVeety played in Thomas Hayes for a point before Flanagan converted another free to leave Cavan 0-9 to 0-5 ahead.
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Dublin finally hauled themselves back into contention with three points in a row in the third quarter of the game.
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And they provided another trio of late scores in the closing minutes to rob Cavan of their place in the decider.
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