Minors make light work of Monaghan

Armagh 1-13 Monaghan 0-6

ARMAGH qualified for the semi-finals of the Ulster Minor Championship with a ten-point victory over Monaghan.

Full forward Eoin Duffy was the star man for the home side as he claimed a personal haul of 1-4.

It was his first half major, set up by Keelan McEntee, that gave Armagh some breathing space early on and they pushed on after that to dominate.

While the forward line dictated the difference, Armagh’s defensive structure on the day was superb.

Blocks from Fergus Toale and goalkeeper Michael Finnegan denied Monaghan goal scoring opportunities in the second period. Monaghan struggled to breakdown the Orchard defence throughout the contest.

Diarmaid O’Rourke opened the scoring for Armagh, but another ten minutes went by before another flag was raised, with Duffy flicking home the game’s first and only goal.

The teams swapped scores at either end before a Duffy brace saw Armagh lead at the interval, 1-5 to 0-2.

McEntee and Luke McKenna cancelled each other out during the early stage of the second period.

Armagh then widened the gap with three scores on the bounce coming through Sean Woods, Ross Marsden and O’Rourke.

ARMAGH qualified for the semi-finals of the Ulster Minor Championship with a ten-point victory over Monaghan.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Evan Treanor and Luke McKenna pulled two back for Dermot Malone’s visitors while McEntee’s second of the afternoon was cancelled out by Monaghan substitute Oisin McConnon.

James McCooe got in on the scoring act and just like the first half, the second period ended with two more points for man of the match Eoin Duffy.

It’s on to the last four now where Aidan O’Rourke’s men will face the challenge of Donegal next weekend, away from home. Armagh are now one win away from reaching their first Ulster final at this grade since 2014.

Armagh: Michael Finnegan, Tomas Fox, Gavin O’Rourke, Conall Wilson, Fergus Toale 0-1, Sean Woods 0-1, Diarmaid O’Rourke 0-2, Jack Loughran, Daithi O’Callaghan, Ross Marsden 0-2, James McCooe 0-1, Keelan McEntee 0-2, Fionn Toale, Eoin Duffy 1-4, Shea Loughran. Subs: Aaron Garvey for S. Loughran, Oisin Gribben for R. Marsden, Michael Walker for Fionn Toale, Danny McGee for T. Fox, Aodhan McGrane for D O’Rourke.

Monaghan: John Flanagan, Mark McCaffrey, Tiernan McGeough, Sean Carolan, Shea Corrigan, Andrew Stewart, Conor Meehan, Tristen Nugent, Cian Rafferty 0-1 (1f), Luke McKenna 0-2, Darcy Foy, Seanan Hanratty, Evan Treanor 0-1, Killian Kearns 0-1 (1f), Pauric Carville. Subs: Lorcan Mone for P. Carville, Cathal McElwain for K. Kearns, Oisin McConnon 0-1 for T. Nugent, Josh Cassidy for E. Treanor, Simon Du Plessis for D. Foy.