u20s earn six-point win over Fermanagh

Fermanagh 0-7 Armagh 1-10

the Armagh u20s made a winning start to their Ulster u20 Championship campaign with a victory over Fermanagh.

It’s Armagh first win at this grade since 2018 when they beat Fermanagh and Tyrone to reach the Ulster final.

Barry O’Hagan’s men travelled to Ederney on Saturday afternoon to take park in their first game of the season.

The knockout structure has been unfair for Armagh during O’Hagan’s tenure, now in its third season.

Armagh exited the championship at the hands of Donegal and Monaghan in both the 2022 and 2023 first rounds.

But the new round robins format will guarantee a couple of outings for the Orchard County this year.

Having already seen off Fermanagh, Armagh will now have to take on Cavan (home) and Donegal (away).

Armagh got up and running with an early score from the throw in, pointing with the first attack of the game.

Midfielder Pierce Blessing fired over while Brendan O’Hagan also chipped in with a few pointed frees.

The only goal of the opening half came through full forward James Austin and that gave Armagh a 1-8 to 0-1 half time lead.

Fermanagh did edge back into contention at the start of the second period, outscoring the visitors 4-1.

In fact, the Orchard men only recorded two-points after the turnaround but had enough done in the first half.

It’s on to the next round now and Armagh will host Cavan in round two on Wednesday 27th of March.

Starting Team: Rhys Stevens, Emmet Magee, Gareth Murphy, Odhran Carragher, Fergal O’Brien, Brendan O’Hagan, Callum O’Neill, Tadgh O’Neill, Pierce Blessing, Ryan Duffy, Ruairi O’Brien, Padraig O’Keefe, Fergal Boylan, James Austin, Ryan Martin. Subs: Conor Lennon, Cainan Campbell, Michael Burnett, Conal McGeough, Luke McKeever, Jack Lavery, Paul Hendron, Eoin Lennon, Keegan Grant, Tiarnan Browne, Dara McCloskey, Cathal Agnew, Aaron O’Neill, Liam Carroll.

the Armagh u20s made a winning start to their Ulster u20 Championship campaign with a victory over Fermanagh.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns