Donoghue hat-trick heroics drive Wicklow past Armagh
Wicklow 5-13 Armagh 1-15
Wicklow minor hurlers qualified for their B semi-final with Roscommon after an easier than expected win over Armagh in sunny Arklow.
Wicklow led by 2-6 to 1-8 at the break after a tight first half, with full-forward Enda Donoghue dangerous throughout. He pounced for the first goal on 18 minutes, with George O'Connor netting the another four minutes later.
These two goals overturned an Armagh lead which had been established by ace free-taker Jordan Murtagh, who punished every Wicklow foul.
A great Armagh goal by midfielder Michael Doran reduced the Wicklow lead as the Orchard County refused to wilt with the wind at their backs in the first half.
Donoghue goaled again in the 40th and 51st minutes to give Wicklow breathing space with a lead of 4-9 to 1-14 as Murtagh and Paul Green kept the scoreboard ticking for Armagh.
Seanie Germaine put the final nail in the Armagh coffin with the fifth goal and the impressive Padraic Doyle also knocked over two late points.
Scorers - Wicklow: E Donoghue 3-4 (0-3fs), G O'Connor 1-2, S Germaine 1-0, P Doyle 0-3, W Robinson, D Kennedy 0-2 each. Armagh: J Murtagh 0-10 (8fs), M Doran 1-0, P Green 0-2, O Fullerton, D McKenna, K McGee 0-1 each.
Wicklow - C McNally; T McGing, C Doherty, J House; J Fitzgerald, A Kavanagh, R Brown; D Kennedy, L Benville; G O'Connor, P Doyle, W Robinson; S Germaine, E Donoghue, J Doyle. Subs: D Grandy for J Doyle (36), J O'Neill for Robinson (42), M Murphy for Kennedy (52).
Armagh - B Cassidy; S Sutton, C O'Reilly, P Farrell; M Rafferty, D Murray, S Clifford; P McGurran, M Doran; K McGee, P Green, J Murtagh; O Fullerton, D McKenna, A Ryan. Subs: L Toner for McGurran (37), S Murphy for McGee (44).
Ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny)