Armagh hurlers avoid the drop

Armagh 0-19 Louth 2-10

The Armagh Hurlers avoided the drop to Division Four when they saw off Louth at Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Karl McKeegan’s side knew that they needed to win, but also required Cavan to beat Monaghan if they were to stay up.

Both results favoured the orange and white and despite conceding two goals, they had enough to beat Louth on the day.

It’s Armagh first win of the season, adding to the one-point picked up against Sligo in round two, pushing them above Louth and Monaghan in the table.

Louth opened the scoring through main man Darren Geoghegan, who fired over two scores inside the first ten minutes.

Geoghegan added a third from a free, which was matched by Alex O’Boyle at the other end of the field.

The Armagh Hurlers avoided the drop to Division Four when they saw off Louth at Middletown on Saturday afternoon.
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A Louth goal from Conor Murphy was quickly wiped out as O’Boyle slotted over three points in quick succession.

Geoghegan and O’Boyle continued to cancel each other out, with converted frees at either side.

That left two points the difference when the referee sounded the whistle for the half time break. Armagh trailed 1-6 to 0-7.

Two quick fire scores from Armagh centre forward Stephen Renaghan brought the Orchard County back on level terms.

Murphy edged the Wee County back in front before a second goal from Patrick Lynch grew their advantage.

But Armagh tagged on the next three points to match the Louth goal once again. Connor Renaghan, Paul Gaffney and O’Boyle all split the posts.

The Armagh Hurlers avoided the drop to Division Four when they saw off Louth at Middletown on Saturday afternoon.
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Geoghegan and O’Boyle, the top two scorers on the day, slashed over a point apiece before Connor Renaghan levelled matters.

Sean Og McGuinness drove the home side in front for the very first time before Barry Shortt doubled their lead.

Aaron Fox pointed shortly after entering the fray while Louth reduced the Armagh lead through Geoghegan and Murphy.

Two O’Boyle frees settled the game late on, securing a three-point win for Armagh and a place in Division Three next season.

Armagh Scorers: Alex O’Boyle 0-11 (10f), Stephen Renaghan 0-2, Connor Renaghan 0-2, Paul Gaffney 0-1, Sean Og McGuinness 0-1, Aaron Fox 0-1, Barry Shortt 0-1.