Grugan seals Armagh’s win
A physically stronger and more experienced Armagh side enjoyed a deserved one-point victory over youthful Donegal in a well contested Dr McKenna Cup semi-final in Omagh yesterday.
Captain Rory Grugan was the Orchard hero as he fired the winning point with the outside of the boot in the 69th minute. Donegal had a late chance for an equaliser in added time but Ryan McHugh lost possession.
Armagh played into a strong breeze in the opening half and were well worth their half-time lead of 0-9 to 1-5
Donegal looked lethargic, even though they led by 0-4 to 0-1 and by 1-4 to 0-4 at different stages in the match.
Their goal came in the 24th minute when Niall O’Donnell and Caolan McGonigle combined to set up Jason McGee for a palmed goal to the net.
Armagh had some fine points from Grugan, Stefan Campbell and the excellent Niall Grimley. Donegal’s Jamie Brennan, Michael Langan and Ciarán Thompson were on target for the losers.
ARMAGH: BHughes; CMackin, R Kennedy, JMorgan; MShields, BDonaghy, AForker; S Sheridan, NGrimley (0-4, four frees); JHall (0-2), RGrugan(0-4, three frees), RMcShane; SCampbell (0-2), RO’Neill (0-2) JClarke. Subs: GMcCabe for AForker (16 mins), JGruganfor SCampbell(34), JBurnsfor RO’Neill (53) JMcElroy for RMcShane (58), CVernon for JHall (63). DONEGAL: MAMcGinley;CWard,BMcCole,CMorrison;RMcHugh,TMcClenaghan,M McElhinney;HMcFadden. JMcGee(1-1); PBrennan,NO’Donnell, CMcGonigle(0-1);C Thompson(0-2,1f)MLangan(0-2,1f),JBrennan(0-4,1f).Subs: EDohertyforCMorrison (h/t) PMoganforTMcClenaghan,MO’ReillyforNO’Donnell,OGallenforMMcElhinney(all55mins). Referee: PFaloon (Down).