Monday 23 April 2018

Strong Ryan Gaffney performance puts Donegal to sword

Armagh 1-18 Donegal 2-10

Ryan Gaffney, Armagh
Ryan Gaffney, Armagh

Ryan Gaffney fired over 13 points in a towering performance as Armagh edged past Donegal at the Athletic Grounds to record their first victory of the league campaign.

The home side romped into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead before a Bernard Lafferty goal buoyed the visitors.

Gaffney, though, had already set out his stall and by half-time had garnered eight of his team's points when they held a 0-9 to 1-4 lead before threatening to leave Donegal in their slipstream when they took a 1-12 to 1-6 lead through an Artie McGuinness goal.

Donegal's grit and resilience surfaced again with Lee Henderson snapping up their second goal and then tacking on a point.

But the imperious Gaffney hit three late points to take Armagh over the line.

Man of the match: R Gaffney (Armagh)

Scorers - Armagh: R Gaffney 0-13 (10fs, 2 '65's), A McGuinness 1-0, C McKee 0-2, N Curry, E McGuinness,C Corvan 0-1 each. Donegal: L Henderson 1-7 (0-3fs, 1 '65'), B Lafferty 1-1, R McDermott, C Mathewson 0-1 each.

Armagh - S Doherty 6; A McGuinness 7, C Clifford 7, L Woods 6; N Curry 7, S Renaghan 7, K McKernan 7; C McKee 8, P Hughes 7; P Kelly 6, C Corvan 7, J O'Connor 6; C Carvill 6, R Gaffney 9, E McGuinness 6. Subs: D Coulter 6 for O'Connor (46), C McAnallen 5 for Kelly (45), C Hannaway 5 for A McGuinness (57), P Lappin 5for E McGuinness (64).

Donegal - P Burns 6; B Tourish 7, M McGrath 8, M Callaghan 7; P Doherty 6, J Donnelly 7, N Cleary 7; R McDermott 8, P Sheridan 7; E Lynch 6, L Henderson 8, E McDermott 6; B Lafferty 7, K Campbell 6, C Mathewson 6. Subs: S Gillespie 6 for Doherty (45), C Kilgannon 5 for Lafferty (60).

Ref - C Cunning (Antrim).

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