Armagh make it through to Ulster final

Donegal 1-7 Armagh 2-8

Armagh qualified for the Ulster Minor Championship final with a fantastic win away to Donegal on Saturday afternoon.

It’s the first time since 2014 that the Orchard County have reached the Ulster final at this age grade.

Second half goals from Jack Loughran and James McCooe helped Armagh’s case and they led from start to finish.

Aidan O’Rourke’s young side flew out of the traps in Ballyshannon, recording the first six points of the encounter.

Midfielder Daithi O’Callaghan got things underway with a point after five minutes before Tomas Fox doubled Armagh’s advantage.

Ross Marsden, a lot addition to the starting team, claimed a brace of points as did Fionn Toale to put them six up.

Donegal opened their account after 19 minutes of play through full forward Donnachadh Ó Baoighill before O’Callaghan doubled his tally.

Max Campbell and Alex Cunnea pulled two back for the home side while Keelan McEntee split the posts. That left Armagh five ahead at the short whistle, 0-8 to 0-3.

Loughran rattled the net seven minutes into the second half while Conor McCahill split the posts for Donegal.

Armagh qualified for the Ulster Minor Championship final with a fantastic win away to Donegal on Saturday afternoon.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

James McCooe claimed Armagh’s second major but Donegal raised their own green flags through Colm O Dochairtaigh.

Donegal nailed three in a row through Tomas Car, Eoghan Gallagher and McCahill to narrow the gap to five late on in the game.

Armagh will now take on Derry in the Ulster decider next weekend, the only team that they have lost to throughout the campaign.

Armagh Scorers: Jack Loughran 1-0, James McCooe 1-0, Daithi O’Callaghan 0-2, Fionn Toale 0-2, Ross Marsden 0-2, Tomas Fox 0-1, Keelan McEntee 0-1.

Donegal Scorers: Colm O Dochairtaigh 1-0, Conor McCahill 0-2, Donnachadh Ó Baoighill 0-1, Eoghan Gallagher 0-1, Max Campbell 0-1, Alex Cunnea 0-1, Tomas Carr 0-1.