Armagh reach minor final

July 6, 2010

UMFC – ARMGH 1-10 CAVAN 0-11

Defending All-Ireland and Ulster champions Armagh are through to the July 18 Ulster final against Tyrone following their 1-10 to 0-11 semi-final win over Cavan at Clones. A wasteful Armagh tagged on 4 late points towards the end of the first half to come from 6-2 down to go in level at the short whistle despite hitting 7 wides.

Cavan went 8-6 in front early in the second half but them n lost Andrew Dewart to a second yellow to give an already dominant Armagh more control all over the field except where it counted on the scoreboard.With 10 minutes to go the sides were level on 9 points each when the Orchard top scorer Brian Seeley (0-5) lofted in a long range free which dominant team captain Peter Carragher punched to the net for a only goal of the game. Grange newcomer Michael McKennan contributed two great points from play while substitutes Ryan Conlon and Francie McParland helped steady the Armagh challenge.Cavan’s leading marksman full forward Jack Brady (0-5) and substitute Nevin O Donnell left it a one point match entering added on time but Seeley had the final say with the games last score.

After the opening 10 minutes Armagh dominated this match but too many squandered scoring opportunities (12 wides to 3 from Cavan), numerous balls dropped short into the keepers hands nearly proved fatal with the Armagh custodian McNiece coming to his sides rescue with a great save at the expense of a “45”. The failure to capatalise on their scoring chances has not cost Paul McShanes side yet but it must be a worry for the manager that his charges cannot put teams away whist being the dominant force. Still if the whole year continues his winning run with performances like this the vSilverbridge clubman will be more than happy.