In the Irish News on April 13 1997: Derry slay Fermanagh in U21 decider
DERRY were made to battle for their seventh U21 title by a gutsy Fermanagh team in Omagh yesterday (1-12 to 1-6).
The win did not come easily as the scoreline suggests – the scores were tied at 1-5 each with only 16 minutes to go before Derry stepped up a gear and scored six unanswered points.
Fermanagh, who had never lost in any of their three previous U21 finals, were keen to continue the proud record and fought to the end.
As well as the scoring power of centre-half-forward Sean McGuckin with five points, Derry really won this game through the dominant triangle of players Lockhart, Muldoon and McBride.
Enda Muldoon and Johnny McBride were in a different class at midfield looking every bit the new Tohill and McGilligan.
As well as scoring Derry’s goal, Muldoon’s individual display of fielding was outstanding.
Sean Martin Lockhart at centre-half-back was supreme, orchestrating most of the attacks as well as using his electric pace to good effect going forward, putting the Fermanagh defence on the back foot.
Fermanagh’s captain Liam McBarron caught most of their share of possession at midfield as well as scoring
their second half goal. Along with their excellent full-back Rory McEnhill, and liveliest forward Tom Brewster, he was their most influential player on the day.
Only for Fermanagh’s brilliant keeper Peter Baird, Derry could have had at least three goals in the opening half.
Derry: S O’Kane, S Donnelly, D O’Neill, M Kelly, P McFlynn, SM Lockhart, E McGilloway, E Muldoon (1-0), J McBride (0-1), A McGuckin, S McGuckin (0-5), K Heaney (0-1), B Kearney, J Cassidy (0-2), M Gribben (0-3) Subs: F Martin for Kearney (47 mins), B Murray for Cassidy (60 mins).
Fermanagh: P Baird, M McClave, R McEnhill, D Campbell, M Miller, R Johnson, K Duffy, L McBarron (1-0), D McGrath, K Donnelly, B McKenna, S Maguire, T Brewster (0-2), R Gallagher (0-4), A Moohan. Sub: N Monaghan for Moohan (52mins)
Ref: R Doone (Antrim)
Golf: Tiger Woods went on a record-breaking lap of honour at Augusta yesterday. The 21-year-old charged into a mind-boggling 12-stroke lead in the final round of the 1997 Masters and not only could a green jacket size 42 long be taken off the hanger.
It could have his name stitched into it. Woods became the youngest-ever winner of the title by recording the biggest-ever win and with the best-ever total.
After going to the turn in 36 to preserve his nine-stroke overnight advantage, the Californian phenomenon birdied the 11th from 18 feet, almost holed from similar range for eagle at the 13th, then made a 10-footer on the next.
There was a great race going on for second place. American Tommy Tolles shot 67 to set the target on 283, five under, but United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Kite was six under with four to go.
Soccer: Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit beamed with satisfaction after planning the FA Cup downfall of Wimbledon in the semi-final at Highbury yesterday.
The Dutchman inspired his side to a comprehensive 3-0 win as they out-thought and out-fought the Dons to win a place at Wembley.
Gullit said: “I saw the Dons against Newcastle and I knew exactly what we had to do today. It worked very well.
“Everybody was saying we couldn’t cope with the strength and the hassle but we played it patiently and good football. They were really tuned in.”
Gullit said winning the cup would be a fitting tribute to Matthew Harding, the Chelsea director killed in a helicopter crash earlier this season.