Friday 28 July 2017

Boxer Quigley inspires Donegal to K.O. victory

Donegal 4-24 Armagh 1-8 Ulster MHC quarter-final

Quigley: Pep talk. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Quigley: Pep talk. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

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Boxer Jason Quigley gave a pre-match pep talk to the Donegal minor hurlers who packed a punch in a whopping 25-point win.

Quigley, the recently crowned North American middleweight champion, was with them for Saturday's Ulster MHC quarter-final triumph against Armagh.

Lorcan O'Toole's team eased into a semi-final meeting with Derry thanks to a landslide win.

After Aaron Craig, Dylan Duffy and Kieran Brady drilled over points, Jordan Barr blasted in the first Tír Chonaill goal on 15 minutes.

Two minutes later, Craig fired home a second and the game was over as a contest by the interval, when Donegal led 2-12 to 0-4.

Donegal played into a stiff breeze in the second half, but still matched their first-half tally of 2-12 to claim a one-sided win.

Barr and skipper Stephen Anderson - who top-scored with 1-7 - added second-half goals as Donegal soared into the semis.

Donegal dominated this encounter from start to finish, but Armagh did get in for a goal when Oisín Richards shot past Ciaran Bradley.

Scorers - Donegal: S Anderson 1-7 (0-5f); R Craig 1-5; J Barr 2-1; K Brady 0-4; D Duffy 0-3 (1 pen); P Tourish, PJ McCarron, C McGlynn, R Hilferty 0-1 each. Armagh: O Fullerton 0-5 (3f); O Richards 1-0; S McGuinness 0-2; C McGrory 0-1.

Donegal - C Bradley; C Gallagher, F McLaughlin, C Doherty; D Doherty, PJ McCarron, R Hilferty; P Tourish, B Diver; S Anderson, D Duffy, T Lafferty; K Brady, A Craig, J Barr. Subs: C Finn for C Doherty (20), Thomas Harnett for Lafferty (42), C McGlynn for Barr (49), P Sweeney for D Doherty (53), S Maguire for Gallagher (53).

Armagh - A Murtagh; P McBride, T Smyth, D Murphy; D Harnett, O Keenan, C Mone; O Fullerton (0-5, 3fs), R Shine; T O'Neill, S McGuinness (0-2), O Richards (1-0); O Hughes, C McGrory (0-1), E Donaghy. Subs: D Milson for Donaghy (38), L Toner for McBride (47), Oisin Moen for Murphy (47), N Crompton for McGuinness (51 ).

Ref - A Ferguson (Fermanagh).

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