Middletown Na Fianna advanced to the Armagh senior hurling final after a 1-12 to 0-12 win over Keady Lámh Dhearg on Thursday evening.
Keady got off to the better start but Middletown drew level with 20 minutes played. Great scores from Middletown’s Kieran McKernan and Keady’s Conor Corvan kept the sides level with half time approaching, but a good finish from Paddy McBride put Middletown ahead 1-7 to 0-8 at half time.
In the second half, Keady again pulled back and when a a Fianna were reduced to 14 men with Nathan Curry picking up a second yellow, the converted free from Paul Breen saw the sides level again. However, Keady could not push on from there and Middletown’s 14 men upped their game as scores from David Carvill, Kieran McKernan and Ryan Gaffney ensured that Na Fianna booked their place in the senior decider against Cuchulainn Hurling Club on 20 August.
In the junior semi-final, Killeavy came out on top after a strong finish to their semi-final against Derrynoose. While Derrynoose led by 9 at half time, thanks to two quick goals from Pauric McNaughton and a third from Kevin McKenna, Killeavy took full advantage of the strong breeze in the second half to close the margin. Conor Hannaway kept the scoreboard ticking and two goals from David Grant in the last 15 minutes were enough to win a place in the junior final.
In the other semi-final, Seán Treacy’s made light work of Craobh Rua, running out 4-21 to 1-7 winners. Daniel Magee was in super form for the Lurgan side, converting 0-13 from frees, 65s, scores from play and even a lovely sideline puck. Goals from Odhrán McCann, Michael Doran, Patrick Lyness and Patrick Scullion wrapped up a dominant performance, which sees Seán Treacy’s through to a fourth successive Armagh Junior final on 20 August.