Thursday 29 September 2016

O'Neill wreaks havoc

Armagh 5-16 Down 0-9

Published 17/03/2016 | 02:30

Armagh had the game wrapped up inside 20 minutes, goals from McKenna and McPartlan (2) – who was sent-off late on for two yellow cards – giving them a 3-7 to 0-3 interval lead (Stock photo)
Armagh had the game wrapped up inside 20 minutes, goals from McKenna and McPartlan (2) – who was sent-off late on for two yellow cards – giving them a 3-7 to 0-3 interval lead (Stock photo)

Armagh showed why they are one of the favourites for this year's Ulster U21 FC drilling five goals past rivals Down in Pairc Esler.

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Rising Crossmaglen star Oisin O'Neill kicked 1-6 from midfield while their full-forward line of Cathal McKenna, Shane McPartlan and Conor Martin hit 4-10 between them.

Armagh had the game wrapped up inside 20 minutes, goals from McKenna and McPartlan (2) - who was sent-off late on for two yellow cards - giving them a 3-7 to 0-3 interval lead.

Conor Doyle's three placed balls were all Down had to show for their first-half efforts.

Down were reduced to 14 men after Jamie Donnan's second yellow card and Armagh added further goals from O'Neill and Conor Martin. They now face Monaghan on March 30.

Scorers - Down: C Doyle 0-3 (3f), L McGreevy 0-2 (1f), T Rushe 0-2 (2f), C Quinn 0-1, R Treanor 0-1 (f) . Armagh: C McKenna 1-5 (1f), S McPartlan 2-2 (1f), O O'Neill 1-6 (1f), C Martin 1-3

Down - M Reid; J Connolly, C Fitzpatrick, C McCartan; J Donnan, A Fulcher, R Magee; P O'Hagen, J Bell; D McAleenan, S McGonigle, D McCarthy; C Doyle, R Treanor, C Quinn. Subs: G McDowell for Connolly (BC, 7), C McCarron for Bell (BC, 15), T Rushe for Doyle (38), L McGreevy for McGonigle (38), C Harney for Treanor (41)

Armagh - B Hughes; G McCabe, A Rushe, J Cosgrove; C McConville, S Heffron, J McElroy; D McKenna, O O'Neill; P Quinn, J Rafferty, C Boylan; C McKenna, S McPartlan, C Martin Subs: R Finn for McElroy (22), M Finnegan for Cosgrove (42), N Kerr for Boylan (49), J Freeman for McCabe (57), A Conlon for McKenna (57)

REF -S Laverty (Antrim)

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