Armagh minor footballers travelled to Mayobridge on Saturday for a top of the table clash against neighbours Down. And while Down hit the first point of the game, Armagh were completely dominant throughout the first half. Scores from Charlie Magill, Rian O’Neill and Jarly Óg Burns had Armagh 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes and only for some wayward shooting, Armagh could have been well out of sight. A Down score was cancelled out by a second Charlie Magill effort, and Armagh edged further ahead with Conor O’Neill getting a great score, having beat three Down defenders. Conor Grimley added a point and minutes later had a chance on goal, when a high ball from Mark McCabe fell to him, but the finish went to the right. The half closed out with Down converting two frees to leave the score 0-7 to 0-4 in Armagh’s favour at the break.
Armagh were soon adding to their tally at the start of the second half with a score from Conor Grimley, but this was cancelled out by his opposite number in the Down full forward line. Paul Quinn got on the scoresheet and when Armagh got a penalty, it was well saved by the Down replacement keeper. Converted frees on either side of the field, with Armagh’s point through Charlie Magill cancelled each other out and a good interception from Grimley give Jarly Óg Burns his second score of the game. Armagh were reduced to 14 men soon after with Conor Murphy receiving a second yellow and Down converted the resulting free, which was followed up by a converted 45 from the Down midfielder to bring the gap down to three. Tom O’Kane steadied himself to hit the final score for Armagh, who held on for the win in spite of two late converted frees for the Mournemen. Full time Ard Mhacha 0-12 An Dún 0-10.
Meanwhile, our minor hurlers made the long journey to Letterkenny for their final game in the league. A three goal blitz in the first half saw the Armagh men lead at half time 3-0 to 1-3. Another three goals in the second half, with one for Armagh left the final score Ard Mhacha 4-6 Dún na nGall 3-7. Well done to Sean McCabe who finished topscorer with a hattrick of goals and a point.