Derry had to battle hard before securing a 4-16 to 3-13 provincial quarter-final victory over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds today.
The Oak Leaf County will face Down for a place in the Ulster hurling final, with the Ardsmen thumping Donegal in today’s other quarter-final at Clones.
The winners led by 3-6 to 2-3 at the break and that six-point margin remained intact as the sides reeled off 1-10 apiece after the restart.
Derry were the only scorers in the opening 15 minutes, moving into a 1-3 to no score lead and Brendan Rogers and Aaron Kelly added to their goals tally before the short whistle.
The Orchard County had battled back to within a goal of the pre-match favourites by the hour-mark, 3-12 to 2-12, and points were swapped before the teams notched another major apiece.
Johnny O’Dwyer’s late goal finally finished the game as a contest.
Photos by John Merry