Monday 18 December 2017

O'Boyle seals Derry comeback

Derry 2-10
Armagh 3-3

A remarkable second-half comeback saw Derry claim an upset victory over Armagh at Celtic Park last night.

Despite playing into the wind, Armagh led at half-time thanks to some predatory finishing in front of goal. Caolan Rafferty flicked home a high ball on eight minutes for a 1-1 to 0-0 lead. Benny Heron got a goal back for Derry, but Aidan Forker and Gavin McParland rattled the net with superb strikes as Armagh led by 3-1 to 1-2 after 23 minutes.

Derry did finish the half well as Heron kicked a neat score and Cailean O'Boyle fired over three unanswered scores to leave it 3-1 to 1-6 at the break.

The start of the second half saw Derry take over as O'Boyle burst through for a goal, and three quick points gave them a lead of 2-9 to 3-1. Points from McParland and Stefan Campbell closed the margin but a point from Daniel Jackson eased Derry nerves as Armagh finished with 14 men following Forker's sending off.

SCORERS -- Derry: C O'Boyle 1-4 (0-2f), B Heron 1-3 (0-1f), R Ferris, L Moore, D Jackson 0-1 each. Armagh:

G McParland 1-1, A Forker, C Rafferty 1-0 each, R McGrugan, S Campbell (f) 0-1 each.

Derry -- A Warnock; K Johnston, D Dillon, J Devlin; D McGuckin, R Ferris, B Doyle; E McGuckin, A Mullan; L Moore, C O'Boyle, B Heron; C McWilliams, A Devlin, C McGoldrick. Subs: N Forrester for Mullan (34), D Jackson for C McWilliams (57).

Armagh -- J McCullogh; E McArdle, D McKenna, B Kelly; D Lavery, N Rowland, A Duffy; P Carragher, J Donnelly; R McGrugan, A Muirin, A Forker; G McParland, C Rafferty , S Campbell. Subs: T McAlinden for Muirnin (42), E McVerry for Campbell (49), R McElhinney for McGoldrick (52).

REF -- S McLaughlin (Donegal).

Irish Independent

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