Harvey brace hands Hurlers five point win

Two second half goals from substitute Shea Harvey handed Armagh a five point win over Queen’s on Thursday evening. 

The hurlers ended their McGurk Cup campaign with a win, having used 42 players across their three outings. 

It was nip and tuck early on, with converted frees from Danny Magee and Dean Gaffney matched by QUB. 

The students took the lead with a brace, while a Marty Moan score closed the gap at the water break. 

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Queen’s flew out of the traps after the one minute interval with a quickfire 1-1. Armagh responded perfectly with three on the trot from Magee (two frees) and Paddy McBride. 

Peter McKearney traded scores with the opposition before Dylan McKenna netted to put Armagh ahead. 

Moan grabbed his second just before the half time break to see the Orchard men ahead 1-8 to 1-6. 

Like against Louth, Padraig O’Connor rang the changes and a new team took the field for the second period. 

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Once again the students started brilliantly, hitting 1-2 straight after the turnaround. Fionntan Donnelly nailed two scores (one free) as Eoin McGuinness levelled the game. 

Nathan Curry exchanged points with the hosts before McGuinness and Shea Harvey put Armagh two in front. 

Michael Lennon and Donnelly (free) matched two Queen’s points before Lennon hit his second of the evening.

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Two Shea Harvey goals followed, split by a Nathan Curry point, to fire Armagh into a sudden ten point lead. 

Queen’s shot back with two majors of their own while Jim Short raised his sides final white flag. 

Armagh have used the competition to good effect as they look to breed new blood into the team. Preparations continue for the next few weeks as they prepare for the opening round of the league.  

Armagh Team: Fintan Woods, Paddy Quinn, Paudie Lappin, Caolan Rice, Conor Renaghan, Shea Gaffney, Peter McKearney 0-1, Paddy McBride 0-1, Marty Moan 0-2, Ryan Gaffney, Lorcan Oliver, Tiarnan O’Neill, Danny Magee 0-3 (2f), Dylan McKenna 1-0, Dean Gaffney 0-1 (1f). Subs: Simon Doherty for F. Woods, Oisin Richards for P. Quinn, Tiarnan Nevin for P. Lappin, David Bridges for C. Rice, Artie McGuinness for S. Gaffney, Stephen Renaghan for P. McKearney, Odhran Curry for P. McBride, Michael Lennon 0-2 for M. Moan, Shaun Toal for R. Gaffney, Nathan Curry 0-2 for L. Oliver, Fionntan Donnelly 0-3 (2f) for D. Magee, Eoin McGuinness 0-2 for D. McKenna, Shea Harvey 2-1 for D. Gaffney, Jim Short 0-1 for T. O’Neill.