UUJ rally to deny O'Rourke first victory
The potent cocktail of fitness and spirit which UUJ brought to the table at Crossmaglen for this Dr McKenna Cup clash, ultimately denied new Armagh boss Paddy O'Rourke a winning start.
But O'Rourke will derive solid comfort from the fact that two Armagh players, Stefan Forker and Jamie Clarke, scored half of the winners' total between them.
Armagh appeared to have taken command when they romped into a 1-5 to 0-2 lead after Brian McCone's 16th-minute goal. But with Caolan O'Boyle joining Forker and Clarke in a scoring blitz, the students drew level at half-time, 1-6 to 0-9, and, after taking the lead for the first time in the 37th minute, never lost their lead.
Scores -- UUJ: S Forker (0-3f), C O'Boyle, J Clarke (0-3f) 0-4 each, D Hughes, P Hughes, C Bayne, J McAnulla (0-1f) 0-1 each. Armagh: B McCone 1-0, T Kernan (0-1f), R Henderson (0-1f) 0-3 each, J Feeney 0-2, M McNamee, A Kernan, S McDonnell, S O'Neill 0-1 each.
UUJ -- S O'Kane; A Girvan, S Mulligan, G McCartan; C Bayne, E Kenny, C McGinley; C O'Boyle, D Hughes; P Hughes, M Gotch, J Clarke; J McAnulla, S Forker, D McNulty. Subs: D Mulholland for McCartan (45), T McCann for McNulty (50), K Nolan for Clarke (68).
Armagh -- P Hearty; A Mallon, V Martin, B Shannon; S O'Neill, B Donaghy, F Moriarty; M Mackin, J Lavery; R Austin, C Watters, J Feeney; T Kernan, R Henderson, B McCone Subs: M McNamee for T Kernan (26), A Kernan for Watters, C Vernon for Mackin (h-t), J O'Neill for Feeney (48), S McDonnell for McCone (50).
REF -- M Higgins (Fermanagh).