Ulster remain on course for a fourth M Donnelly Interprovincial Football Championship in succession following their resounding win over Leinster in Sunday’s semi-final in Navan.
Neil McGee, Mark McHugh and Michael Murphy all started for the Joe Kernan managed team as Eamon McGee came on as a substitute in extra-time and Karl Lacey was also part of the panel.
In fact, it was Murphy’s two late frees that finally sealed Ulster’s progression - they were the Glenswilly forward’s seventh and eighth points of a frantic afternoon.
Leinster were leading by five points, 3-21 to 1-22, at the interval in the extra 20 minutes with Meath’s Bryan Menton netting but Ulster kept plugging away and wing-back Peter Harte’s 84th minute goal cut the gap to just two points.
Monaghan’s Conor McManus and Darren McCurry from Tyrone levelled it before Murphy set up a final meeting with Connacht, who overcame Munster 3-19 to 2-16 in Tuam.
It was McCurry’s point that meant the need for extra-time in front of 279 paying spectators at Pairc Tailteann, leaving the score Ulster 1-20 Leinster 2-17.
McManus scored Ulster’s first goal, while Leighton Glynn from Wicklow found the net to leave it 1-11 at the interval.
Paul Cribben from Kildare scored a second half goal for Leinster at the time when Cavan’s Eugene Keating - scorer of seven points in all - was assisting Murphy up top for Ulster.
Having won the competition in 2009, there was no staging in 2010 and 2011 before Ulster took home the trophy in both 2012 and 2013.