Orchard open campaign with win

Armagh 2-9 Antrim 0-2

The Orchard Minors got their Ulster Championship account up and running with a 13-point victory over Antrim.

Having met in the league two weeks ago, this proved a tighter game but Armagh were still much too strong.

Like the last time, the Orchard defence held Antrim to just 0-2, but didn’t add on as much at the other end.

In the blustery conditions, Armagh started the game with a strong breeze at their backs and sailed into an early lead.

The Orchard Minors got their Ulster Championship account up and running with a 13-point victory over Antrim.

Diarmaid O’Rourke got things up and running with a well taken score before Daithi O’Callaghan doubled their advantage.

Antrim struggled to build the ball forward and their patient attacking approach didn’t pay off early on.

Keelan McEntee grabbed a score on his home patch of Crossmaglen before O’Rourke drove over a 45.

Captain Shea Loughran got on the scoresheet before Caomh Agnew netted when Antrim failed to deal with O’Rourke’s long ball in.

Sean Woods traded scores with Odhran Quinn (free) and that brought the first half to a close. Armagh ahead 1-6 to 0-1 at the break.

Antrim had the favour of the wind after the turnaround but it was the home team who got off on the front foot.

The Orchard Minors got their Ulster Championship account up and running with a 13-point victory over Antrim.

O’Callaghan rattled the net inside the first few minutes while Loughran raised another white flag.

Quinn slotted over a second free for the Saffron’s , which was soon cancelled out by Loughran.

Substitute Eoin Duffy slotted over a further score before the full time whistle sounded, with Armagh 13-points clear.

Armagh: James McBennett, Tomas Fox, Donncha Gribben, Aodhan McGrane, Michael Walker, Sean Woods 0-1, Diarmaid O’Rourke 0-2 (1f), Jack Loughran, Daithi O’Callaghan 1-1, James McCooe, Caomh Agnew 1-0, Keelan McEntee, Fionn Toale, Aaron Garvey, Shea Loughran 0-4 (3f). Subs: Eoin Duffy 0-1 for D. Gribben, Conal Wilson for A. McGrane, Conor Laverty for C. Agnew, Jake Bowman for K. McEntee, Paudi Comiskey for D. O’Rourke.