Armagh Minors through to last four

Armagh 1-16 Longford 1-3

The Armagh Minors qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals with an impressive 13-point victory over Longford. The Orchard men were the dominant side in the game and led from start to finish.

Diarmuid O’Rourke opened the scoring, but Longford replied through James Hagan, who scored with the aid of the post. Conall Wilson, O’Rourke (free) and Ross Marsden put Armagh 4-1 ahead.

Longford did get back on level terms, with Luke Donnelly kicking 1-1 in quick succession. But Armagh took control for the remainder of the half and hit 1-4 on the bounce.

Fionn Toale, O’Rourke and Wilson all split the posts while captain Shea Loughran claimed Armagh’s goal. That sent Aidan O’Rourke’s youngsters five-points ahead at half time, 1-7 to 1-2.

O’Rourke added to his growing tally with another from a free while Toale and Keelan McEntee also raised white flags. O’Rourke traded frees with the opposition, as Longford claimed their only score of the second half.

It was all Armagh for the rest of the second period with a Loughran brace being split by a third from Wilson. O’Rourke claimed his sixth point of the game while substitute Aaron Garvey also got in on the scoring act.

Armagh: Michael Finnegan, Tomas Fox, Gavin O’Rourke, Conall Wilson 0-3, Fergus Toale, Sean Woods, Diarmuid O’Rourke 0-6 (3f), Jack Loughran, Daithi O’Callaghan, Ross Marsden 0-1, James McCooe, Keelan McEntee 0-1, Fionn Toale 0-2, Eoin Duffy, Shea Loughran 1-2. Subs: Aaron Garvey 0-1 for R. Marsden, Oisin Gribben for E. Duffy, Danny McGee for T. Fox, Lewis Bellew for J. McCooe.

Longford: James Ross, Alan Mimnagh, Conor McHugh, Darragh Mulligan, Conor Doherty, Mark Cooney, Ben Blessington, Sean Fagan, Peter Farrell, Oisin Kane, Cian O’Donnell, James Shannon, Luke Donnelly 1-1, Joshua Marsh, James Hagan 0-1. Subs: Cormac Flynn for B. Blessington, Karl O’Hare for P. Farrell, Michael Gleenon for J. Marsh, Keelan Hudson for O. Kane, Liam Greene for J Shannon.

The Armagh Minors qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals with an impressive 13-point victory over Longford.