Armagh u20s suffer first defeat

Donegal 1-6 Armagh 0-7

Armagh suffered a two-point defeat to Donegal at Letterkenny to finish second in Section B of the u20 Ulster Championship.

A first half goal from the home side was the main difference in the end as Armagh couldn’t close that gap.

The game was originally fixed for Wednesday evening at Ballybofey, but an unplayable pitch saw the game postponed.

After both sides had already saw off Fermanagh and Cavan, this encounter decided who finished top of the table.

Donegal opened their account with two-points inside the opening 12 minutes. Luke McGlynn and Karl McGee both split the posts.

Armagh got back on level terms with two scores of their own before Shaun Ward nudged the hosts ahead.

Karly Joseph Molloy then rattled the net to give Donegal a four-point advantage after 23 minutes, 1-3 to 0-2.

Fergal O’Brien and Pierce Blessing tagged on scores for the Orchard County just before half time. That left two-points the difference at the turnaround, 1-3 to 0-4.

Goal scorer Molloy added to his tally at the start of the second half, although his effort was matched at the other end by Blessing.

Ryan Duffy narrowed the gap but two on the trot from Donegal man McGlynn restored their four-point lead.

Armagh suffered a two-point defeat to Donegal at Letterkenny to finish second in Section B of the u20 Ulster Championship.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Armagh were still well on contention heading into the final few minutes, with Brendan O’Hagan popping over two frees.

But that was as good as it got for the Orchard County, as Donegal held on to win by two-points.

Donegal now advance straight through to the semi-finals while Armagh’s focus will now be on the quarter-finals.

As Armagh finished second in their group, they’ll be paired with the third placed team from Section A.

Monaghan will be their quarter-final opponents, with the game set to take place next Wednesday evening at the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds.