Friday 19 January 2018

Carvill shows class as Armagh triumph

Armagh 2-25 Tyrone 1-14

Armagh's David Carvill. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/
Armagh's David Carvill. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/ newsdesk

Armagh booked their place in the Nicky Rackard Cup final against Derry as David Carvill tormented Tyrone in Carrickmore, with the Na Fianna star hitting 1-11 on an afternoon when he could do no wrong.

A fortuitous goal gave Armagh the start they had targeted, as Carvill's long-range effort dropped into the net on three minutes. By the 15th minute Carvill had 1-5 and they led by 1-13 to 0-5 at the break.

Tyrone began the second-half with a flourish and Bryan McGurk lifted Tyrone spirits with a fine solo goal, but there was to be no comeback, as Armagh remained focused, with Nathan Curry grabbing their other goal.

Ryan McKernan and Damian Casey, who was to finish with 11 points to his credit, tried to keep Tyrone in the game, but their efforts were in vain.

SCORERS - Armagh: D Carvill 1-11 (6f), N Curry 1-4 (1-0 pen, 2f), R Gaffney, C Corvan (1f) 0-3 each, F Bradley, D McKenna, D Magee, D Gaffney 0-1 each.

Tyrone: D Casey 0-11 (8f, 1 '65), B McGurk 1-1, C Grogan, R McKernan 0-1 each.

Armagh - S Doherty 5; C Clifford 7, A McGuinness 8, O Curry 6; J Corvan 6, P Gaffney 7, C Devlin 6; F Bradley 6, N Curry 8; C Carvill 8, D Carvill 8, D McKenna 6; C Corvan 7, R Gaffney 6, D Magee 6. Subs: E McGuinness 6 for Magee (h-t), C Gorman 5 for Bradley (48), D Bridges 4 for O Curry (53), P McKearney 4 for McKenna (61), D Gaffney 4 for C Carvill (65).

Tyrone - C McElhattton 5; P McHugh 6, R Devlin 5, S Muldoon 5; L Devlin 6, S Donnelly 6, T Morgan 7; D Begley 6, A Kelly 6; C Grogan 7, S Og Grogan 6, J Kelly 5; P Daly 5, D Casey 7, B McGurk 7. Subs: C Cross 5 for A Kelly (27), R McKernan 6 for J Kelly (47), P O'Kelly 4 for Morgan (61).

Ref - J Connors (Donegal).

Irish Independent

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