Armagh record away victory as Cork edge past Kerry

Armagh record away victory as Cork edge past Kerry

There were two home wins on the opening night of the Cadbury Munster Under-21 Football Championship, while Armagh recorded an away victory in the preliminary round of the Ulster U-21 Championship tonight.

3,027 spectators watched on at Pairc Ui Rinn as reigning Munster champions Cork edged neighbours Kerry by 0-14 to 2-7 in a quarter-final tie.

Three years ago at minor level the Rebels prevailed by the same margin over the Kingdom at the Munster final stage, and again tonight another keenly-contested encounter was produced.

The sides were tied at 0-7 to 2-1 at half-time, with Kerry rueing a number of missed chances during the opening half.

The visitors led by 2-1 to 0-5 after 22 minutes, with goals from Gavin O'Grady and Shane O'Callaghan. However, points from Brian Hurley and Dan MacEoin tied the contest at the interval.

Cork moved 0-11 to 2-1 ahead by the 41st minute, with John O'Rourke and MacEoin landing scores.

Kerry moved within a point of the Rebels by the 53rd minute, and tied the game with three minutes left on the the clock.

But Cork dug keep with substitute Sean Kiely claiming the match winner to ensure a semi-final date away to Limerick on March 27.

Tipperary were always in control as David Power's charges registered a 1-17 to 0-9 win over Waterford at Semple Stadium before 402 spectators.

The hosts led by 1-8 to 0-5 at half-time, with Michael Quinlivan registering 1-5 in the opening 30 minutes including a 14th minute goal.

Stephen O'Brien, Bill Maher and Liam McGrath also claimed a point each for Tipp in the opening half.

The Premier County side failed to ease up in the second half, as they stormed to an 11-point victory and a home semi-final against Clare on March 27.

In Ulster, Armagh who were beaten minor finalists three years ago, shook off a determined challenge by Fermanagh in the opening quarter to run out 2-10 to 0-9 winners at Brewster Park.

Armagh led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time, with the sides level on three occasions inside the opening 22 minutes. But scores from Niall McConville, Ethan Rafferty and Jemar Hall pushed the visitors ahead at the break.

Second half goals from Rafferty and Hall powered Armagh through to a last-eight meeting with Down, despite the best efforts of Fermanagh's Eddie Courtney, Ryan Lyons and Daniel Teague.

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