Tuesday 12 December 2017

McCann sets Saffrons on way

Antrim 1-17
Armagh 0-11
(Ulster U21 Hurling Semi Final)

AS expected, Antrim secured their place in the final, where they will meet Derry.

Played in Pairc Esler, Newry, the Orchard side stuck with Antrim for much of the game but the Saffrons hit a 10-minute purple patch in the second half, scoring seven points.

Conor McCann's fourth-minute goal gave the Saffrons a lead that they didn't relinquish.

Antrim showed more composure than their opponents to go in at the break 1-7 to 0-6 ahead.

Antrim goalkeeper James O'Mullan denied Armagh's Danny Magee a goal from point-blank in the opening minute of the second half and while Conor McKee pointed from the resultant '65', it was Antrim who dominated thereafter.

Johnny McIntosh's side tagged on an impressive seven points in as many minutes, with Devlin stretching his personal tally to 0-5 to take a 1-14 to 0-9 lead with 15 minutes remaining and effectively end the contest.

Scorers -- Antrim: M Devlin 0-5, C McCann 1-2, K McKernan 0-3, A McKeown, S Smith 0-2 each, J McCouaig, J Black, M McFadden 0-1 each. Armagh: C Corvan (3f), C McKee 0-3 each, E Carvill, D Magee 0-2 each, M Lennon 0-1 (1f).

Antrim -- J O'Mullan; C Murray, R Gillan, F Donnelly; J McShane, M Donnelly, J McCouaig; A McKeown, N McFadden; M Devlin, K McKernan, D McKinley; S Smith, C McCann, N Elliot. Subs: P McNaughton for McShane (44), C Laverty for McCann (45), E McAlonan for McKernan (55), J Savage for Smith (56).

Armagh -- S Doherty; M Garvey, F Corvan, A Mackle; S Renaghan, C McKee, N Greene; Michael Lennon, J King; D Nugent, E Carvill, M Toal; D Magee, C Corvan, Mattie Lennon. Subs: L Woods for Garvey (18), T Marley for Greene (h-t), R Lewis for M Lennon (h-t), Garvey for Mackle (48), T Duffy for Magee (50).

Irish Independent

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