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Fortune favours the brave.

Byline: ORLA BANNON

Cavan Gaels (Cav) 5-7 Derrygonnelly (Fer) 2-15

AIB Ulster SFC semi-final replay

CAVAN GAELS made the most of good Fortune to devastate Derrygonnelly and reach the Ulster club final for the first time in 40 years.

In the sixth minute of injury time in a brilliant semi-final replay at Clones, Barry Fortune tapped home to book their place in Sunday's decider against holders Slaughtneil.

Derrygonnelly leaked poor goals under a barrage of high balls - Paul O'Connor grabbed a hat-trick with Seanie Johnston hitting another.

Cavan led by six points, 4-5 to 1-8, early in the second-half but Conal Jones' piledriver helped ignite Derrygonnelly.

Ryan Jones unleashed a monster point from 50m in the third minute of stoppage time to put Derrygonnelly in front but Cavan Gaels found a way.

O'Connor's aerial threat was a huge factor in the game and at the death he broke a high ball down into Fortune's path and he had an easy finish as Gaels became the first Cavan side since Bailieboro in 1995 to make the final.

Paul Ward struck the first blow, an 18th minute low shot across goal helping Derrygonnelly take control with a five point lead.

Cavan Gaels launched high balls in on top of Paul O'Connor and he stepped round the 'keeper for an equalising goal before punching home a second at the near post.

Johnston squeezed home a third just before the break - Gaels' third goal in five minutes - to lead 3-5 to 1-8 at the interval.

O'Connor's third should have seen Gaels home, but Derrygonnelly hit 1-4 out of the next 1-5 with a Conal Jones' goal.

The Breffni outfit hit two points in 32 minutes until Fortune had the final say.

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MATCH WINNER Cavan Gaels Barry Fortune

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Nov 20, 2017
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