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GL Programme – 2007 All-Ireland MFC Derry v Cork

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When: August 11, 2007

What: All-Ireland Minor Quarter-final

Who: Derry 1-8 Cork 1-7

Where: Croke Park

Whistler: G McCormack (Dublin)

A TALENTED Derry minor team stayed on course for what turned out to be an All-Ireland final appearance thanks to this exciting and narrow win over their Munster rivals.

The Oak Leaf boys had lost out in controversial circumstances to Tyrone in the Ulster final. But they got their campaign firmly back on track with this victory prior to their seniors clash with Dublin at Croke Park.

However, they had to live on their nerves, especially during the closing stages.

Cork were pressing when a goal opportunity presented itself. But the Rebels opted to go for goal rather than the point that would have brought them level and set up a replay.

Much credit also went to the Derry goalkeeper, Andrew Warnock who pulled off a brilliant save by diving full length to his right. It was, quite simply, the moment of the game.

Nevertheless, this was a Derry team that fully deserved its victory. The grand total of 1-1 from James Kielt helped them along, while Leigh Moore, Christopher McKaigue and JF Bradley also impressed for them.

The team was managed by Niall Conway, but ultimately just missed out on All-Ireland glory when they lost to Galway in the final.

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