Friday 24 November 2017

McNamee's late point sinks Armagh

Ulster University 2-7 Armagh 1-9

Tyrone's Ronan McNamee. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone's Ronan McNamee. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

A dramatic last-gasp point from Tyrone player Ronan McNamee (pictured) earned UUJ a thrilling victory over Armagh in a keenly-contested clash at the Athletic Grounds.

Armagh's enterprising opening, during which Stefan Forker and Stefan Campbell landed points proved something of a false dawn when Conan Grugan crashed home the visitors' first goal in the eighth minute.

And although Armagh's quick-fire deliveries into their inside line promised much, they produced little and instead it was UUJ who again struck it rich when Patrick McBrearty rifled in their second goal in the 22nd minute.

Ahead by 2-2 to 0-4 at the break, UUJ were reined in during the third quarter.

And when Micheal McKenna pirated an opportunist goal in the 46th minute, there was just a point between the sides.

And that's how it remained at the finish with each side scoring three times in a pulsating finish, McNamee's effort proving decisive.

Scorers - UUJ : P McBrearty 1-2, C Grugan 1-0, C O'Boyle 0-3, R McNamee 0-1. Armagh: M McKenna 1-0, A Forker, N McConville 0-2 each, E McVerry, S Forker, N Grimley, E Rafferty, S Campbell (f) 0-1 each.

UUJ - S Fox; G McKinless, R McNamee, R Johnston; R McHugh, K Clarke, D Savage; M Argue, C Grugan ; R McAnespie, C O'Boyle, M Walsh; P McBrearty, N Madine, K Hughes. Subs: K Nolan for Hughes (31), C Stevenson for Argue (49), R McGlone for McAnespie (49), S McArdle for McGlone (66). Black Card: Argue (49),

Armagh - P Morrison; R McCaughley, E McVerry, N McConville; S Forke, C McKeever, A Forker; O MacIomhair N Grimley; R Grugan, M McKenna, , S Campbell; E Rafferty, B Donaghy, G McParland. Subs: P McKenna for McVerry (19), J Feeney for MacIomhair (49), S Connell for McParland (51).

Ref - C Mooney (Down)

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