Sport Hurling

Saturday 24 February 2018

McCusker star of Down romp

Johnny McCusker netted 2-5 as Down swamped 14-man Armagh at Casement Park on Saturday.

The die was cast during a 13-minute spell from the 18th minute as the Mourne men banged home 1-6 without reply, star man McCusker snatching his first goal.

It was 1-13 to 0-6 at the interval and after Armagh lost Donal Carville on a straight red card in the 40th minute, sub Aidan Clarke netted a brace of goals, either side of McCusker's second.

Down now face London at Casement Park on June 13.

SCORERS -- Down: J McCusker 2-5, P Braniff 0-10 (0-5f), A Clarke 2-0, C Woods 0-4, J Coyle 0-2, A Savage, S Clarke, D Flynn 0-1. Armagh: P Breen 0-5 (0-3f), J Corvan 0-2, G Enright, P Kirk 0-1.

DOWN -- G Clarke; P Hughes, S Murray, S Ennis; D Flynn, F Conway, M Ennis; A Savage, E Clarke; C Woods, S Clarke, C Coulter; J Coyle, P Braniff, J McCusker. Subs: A Clarke for S Clarke (31), M Hughes for P Hughes (52), P Flynn for Conway (58), B Ennis for Braniff (58), F Conway for Coulter (61).

ARMAGH -- J Burke; D Carvill, P Gaffney, B Breen; B McCormack, P McCormack, B McCann; J Corvan, C Christie; R Gaffney, F Bradley, G Enright; P Breen, B McNaughton, F Woods. Subs: M Lennon for McCann (h/t), P Kirk for Bradley (45), P Cunningham for McNaughton (55).

REF -- G Duffy (Antrim).

Irish Independent

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