Armagh crash out of Ulster u20 Championship

Armagh 0-13 Monaghan 1-15

Armagh crashed out of the Ulster u20 Championship on Wednesday evening, losing to Monaghan by five-points.

A first half goal from the visiting side proved the crucial score and allowed Monaghan to keep Armagh at arm’s length.

Armagh got the game up and running inside the opening few minutes as Ruairi O’Brien pointed a 45.

Aaron O’Neill, earning his first start of the season, split two Monaghan frees scored by senior star Stephen Mooney.

Fergal O’Brien, Ruairi O’Brien (45) and Fergal Boylan all pointed for the hosts while Mooney (free) replied for Monaghan.

The Farney men then rattled the net to level things up. Bobby McCaul played a one-two with Jake McConnon before slotting home a goal.

Mooney (two frees) and Sean Callan fired Monaghan four ahead before Gareth Murphy pulled one back.

Ruairi O’Brien (free) and Mooney traded scores at the end of the half with three the difference at the interval. 1-7 to 0-7 in favour of Monaghan.

O’Brien then split two Mooney scores at the start of the second half while Dara McKenna raised a white flag.

Two more frees from Mooney grew the gap to seven before O’Brien slotted over another from the dead ball.

McKenna added a second which was matched by O’Brien while Padraig O’Keefe and McCaul swapped scores.

Oisin McGorman got in on the scoring act, which was cancelled out by Tiernan Browne, while Murphy grabbed a second.

Armagh: Rhys Stevens, Emmet Magee, Odhran Carragher, Jack Lavery, Fergal O’Brien 0-1, Gareth Murphy 0-2, Callum O’Neill, Tadgh Grimley, Pierce Blessing, Ryan Duffy, Ruairi O’Brien 0-6 (5f), Fergal Boylan 0-1, Luke McKeever, Aaron O’Neill 0-1, Michael Burnett. Subs: Padraig O’Keefe 0-1 for M. Burnett, James Austin for F. Boylan, Tiarnan Browne 0-1 for F. Boylan, Conal McGeough for J. Lavery.

Monaghan: Jamie Mooney, Gary Devlin, Jake McConnon, Fionan Carolan, Packie Doogan Burke, Sean Callan 0-1, Shea Casey, Caolan Foy, Thomas Hughes, Dara McKenna 0-2, Aaron Carey, Oisin McGorman 0-1, Stephen Mooney 0-10 (8f), Bobby McCaul 1-1, Kian Duffy. Subs: Darragh Mee for P. Doogan Burke, Joey McMahon for O. McGorman.

Armagh crashed out of the Ulster u20 Championship on Wednesday evening, losing to Monaghan by five-points.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps