Armagh through

ARMAGH ran rampant against Derry at a rain-lashed Casement Park last night to claim a first-ever place in the Ulster U21 hurling final.

The Orchard men were in control all over the park and will now face Antrim in next week’s decider at the same venue.

The game was as good as over at half-time when Armagh led by 2-6 to 0-2 against a disappointing Derry outfit who failed to register a score until the 15th minute. The excellent Conor Coulter finished the game with 1-4 from play, with Michael Lennon supplying the other goal.

Derry at least shaded the second-half spoils, with Patrick Henry doing most of the damage from frees, but Armagh had long since taken their foot off the pedal.

DERRY: D McDermott; C Mackle, L Hawkins, D Flanagan; S Cassidy, D McCloskey, C Murphy; B Glass, G O’Neill; A Grant (0-1), D O’Neill (0-2), P Henry (0-6f); C McSorley, P Kelly, C McElhinny

Subs: B Og McGilligan for C Murphy, P Cleary (0-1) for C McSorley, C Crossan for L Hawkins

ARMAGH: P Kelly; R Comiskey, P Gaffney, JJ Hughes; S McNaughton, N Curry, D Carville; K McKiernan (0-4f), M Maguire (0-1); J King, M Lennon (1-0), D Carville (0-1); F Woods, C Coulter (1-4), M Moan (0-1).

Subs: C Corvan (0-1) for F Woods, P Monaghan for S McNaughton

Referee: G Duffy (Antrim) replaced by R Matthews (Antrim), half-time.


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