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McGourty hits top form

ANTRIM set up a semi-final clash with Derry after a comfortable victory over Armagh at the newly refurbished Athletic Grounds yesterday.

Antrim looked sharper and more energetic throughout and while Mark Sweeney's seventh-minute goal was a fortunate one, the Saffrons were full value for their victory -- CJ McGourty top-scoring with four points from play.

Antrim led by a goal at half-time, and would have been further in front had Armagh defender Vincent Martin not made two vital interceptions, with the Orchard County unable to close the gap after the break.

Scorers -- Antrim: CJ McGourty 0-4, M Sweeney 1-0, K Niblock 0-3, P Cunningham 0-2 (1 f) , M Dougan, D O'Neill, A Healey 0-1 each. Armagh: R Grugan 0-4 (2f) J Murtagh, C Vernon, J Lavery, C Clarke, G McParland, C Watters, P Duffy, S McDonnell 0-1 each.

Antrim -- C Kerr; C Brady, A McLean, K O'Boyle; T Scullion, A Healey, D O'Neill; B Herron, A Gallagher; M Sweeney, K Niblock, T O'Neill; P Cunningham, M Dougan, C McGourty. Sub: K Brady for Cunningham (69).

Armagh -- E McEvoy; V Martin, K Toner, P Duffy; K Dyas, C Vernon, D McKenna; J Lavery, M Mackin; R Grugan, C Watters, C Clarke; G McParland, J Murtagh, M O'Rourke. Subs: G Swift for Clarke (43), S McDonnell for McParland (46), A Duffy for Mackin (50), G O'Neill for J Murtagh (61), J Feeney for Watters (66).

Ref -- M Sludden (Tyrone).

Irish Independent