Clan na Gael claim last eight place

Clan na Gael 1-7 Dromintee 0-5

Clan na Gael booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Armagh Senior Championship with a five-point victory over Dromintee.

It was a low scoring affair, with Shane McPartlan’s 45th minute penalty putting the Lurgan men into the driving seat.

Dromintee had their chances to get back into the game. Some wayward shooting in front of the uprights meant Kieran Quinn’s men couldn’t close the gap.

McPartlan, who finished with 1-5 to his name, opened the scoring with a free before Gareth McCrink tied things up for Dromintee three minutes later.

Stefan Campbell rattled over his first point, assisted by Niall Henderson, but that was cancelled out by Aaron Boyle.

Campbell sliced over the final point of the opening half, converting a dead ball effort. That gave Ronan McMahon’s men a 0-3 to 0-2 lead at the break.

Second half

Dromintee levelled things up three minutes after the turnaround as Jack McArdle got his name on the scoresheet.

Campbell’s move to full forward caused the opposition a few headaches at the start of the second half and McPartlan pointed twice after Campbell had been fouled.

McPartlan then slotted home from the spot after youngster Jack Lavery was hauled down in the square. That put Clans five-points to the good.

They hit the net again though Matthew Lennon after a wonderful pass from Callum O’Neill, but Lennon was deemed to have lifted the ball off the ground.

Scores from Shea McArdle and Oran Loughran closed the gap for Dromintee. But Clans knocked over two of their own through McPartlan and Lennon to advance to the last eight.

Clan na Gael can’t compete with Crossmaglen in the quarter-final having already met in the group stages. So it’s Madden, Clann Eireann or Killeavy up next.

In association with PB’s Bar Moy