Sunday 30 April 2017

Derry cruise past Tyrone

Ulster SHC Round-Up

Derry coasted into the Ulster SHC quarter-finals with a comfortable win 2-13 to 0-6 win over Tyrone at Healy Park. Michael Kirkpatrick got in for a goal in the 25th minute, with Oisin McCloskey hitting four points to help the Oak Leafers to a 1-8 to 0-4 interval lead.

Kirkpatrick swept over a couple of frees early in the second half, and Tyrone could never break down a stubborn visiting attack. Cathal McErlean converted a couple of frees, but Derry sealed the victory with a late Alan Grant goal, and their experience and superior technique saw them safely through to a last four meeting with Down.

Down, as expected, proved much too strong for Donegal in their opening round clash at O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. With the wind and rain at their backs, they led by 1-12 to 0-6 at the break with Aidan Clarke firing home the goal and Gareth Johnson on song from frees.

Donegal hit back in the second half with a goal from Stephen Boyle to reduce the margin to four points but a further goal from man-of-the match Gareth Johnson saw Down pull clear again.

Fermanagh put up stern resistance against visiting Armagh at Brewster Park yesterday but it was the Orchard men's superior ability to score points that proved the difference between the sides in a game which saw 10 goals. Armagh won by 5-19 to 5-6.

Fermanagh were ahead on 50 minutes when Declan McGarry caught and drove home his second goal of the day. But Armagh went back up the field to plunder two goals through Paul McCormack and substitute Cathal Carvill to regain the initiative. Fermanagh never gave up however, and Sean Corrigan hammered home his third goal of the game to make it a nervous finish for the visiting Armagh fans.

Though the tension was considerably eased when Conor Corvan crashed home two goals in the last 10 minutes.

The first half saw Corrigan light proceedings up with two goals in the first 15 minutes, both clinically taken, while at the other end McCormack and Michael Lennon were proving a thorn in the side of the Fermanagh defence with their point-taking.

McCormack got on the end of a goal-mouth scramble to earn the Orchard goal just before the break but Fermanagh had this cancelled out just after the resumption as Corrigan brilliantly set up McGarry to fire home.

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