Armagh secure Shield title

Armagh 1-11 Tyrone 0-8

The Armagh minors captured the Ulster League Shield with a six-point win over old rivals Tyrone at Crossmaglen.

The home side were much the better team in the first half, flying into a ten-point lead but only scored once after the break.

Armagh got off to a flying start with three points to open the game and set them on their way.

Fionn Toale pointed after a prolonged period of keep ball at the start of the game while skipper Shea Loughran kicked two points.

Tyrone got up and running with a pointed free from Lorcan McMurray but that was cancelled out through Eoin Duffy.

The Armagh minors captured the Ulster League Shield with a six-point win over old rivals Tyrone at Crossmaglen.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns

Liam McGeary added a second from Tyrone but Diarmaid O’Rourke, assisted by Conal Wilson, split the posts for Armagh.

Toale popped over another score before Tyrone midfielder Fionn McHugh picked up a black card for dragging down Jack Loughran.

With the extra man, Armagh went on a scoring spree, hitting 1-4 in quick succession before the break.

Daithi O’Callaghan pointed a mark after a fantastic pass from Sean Woods while McGeary also marked at the other end.

James McCooe opened his account before playing provider, setting up Loughran for another point.

Loughran then assisted the next score, playing through Duffy for the games first goal after a brilliant counter attacking move.

Duffy finished off the scoring for the first period with a point, leaving Armagh ahead 1-10 to 0-3 at half time.

The Armagh minors captured the Ulster League Shield with a six-point win over old rivals Tyrone at Crossmaglen.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns

Tyrone closed the gap immediately after the turnaround with two scores from Aodhan Quinn and Shea Munroe (free).

The Red Hands added three more scores through substitute Adam Cushnahan, McMurray and McGeary to leave five the margin.

Both sides were reduced to 14 men with Aaron Garvey receiving his marching orders with two yellow cards while Peter Colton picked up a straight red.

Armagh finally got their first score of the second half after 28 minutes. A superb Aodhan McGrane block led to a point from full forward Duffy.

Armagh: James McBennett, Conal Wilson, Gavin O’Rourke, Danny McGee, Fergus Toale, Sean Woods, Diarmaid O’Rourke 0-1, Jack Loughran, Daithi O’Callaghan 0-1 (1m), James McCooe 0-1, Caomh Agnew, Keelan McEntee, Fionn Toale 0-2, Eoin Duffy 1-3, Shea Loughran 0-3 (1f). Subs: Aaron Garvey for C. Agnew, Aodhan McGrane for K. McEntee, Tomas Fox for S. Woods.

Tyrone: Ronan Donnelly, Davin McKeown, Paul McGinley, Jamie Concannon, Padraig Donaghy, Shea McDermott, Darragh Devlin, Fionn McHugh, Padraig Goodman, Shea Munroe 0-1, Liam McGeary 0-3 (1m), Aodhan Quinn 0-1, Lorcan McMurray 0-2 (1f), Enda Donaghy, Peter Colton. Subs: Adam Cushnahan 0-1 (1f) for F. McHugh, Thomas Meehan for E. Donaghy, Darren McAnespie for A. Munroe, Eoin Long for L. McMurray, Ross Daly for P. Donaghy.

The Armagh minors captured the Ulster League Shield with a six-point win over old rivals Tyrone at Crossmaglen.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns