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Derry get the better of Armagh in McKenna Cup

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Derry get the better of Armagh in McKenna Cup thumbnailArmagh's Anthony Duffy shields the ball from Derry's Peter Hagan and Emmett McGuckin at Owenbeg on Sunday.

A VERY inexperienced Derry side edged out Armagh in the first of the Group A games in the Bank of Ireland McKenna Cup at Owenbeg last Sunday afternoon. A single point separated the sides with three goals proving to be the real difference in the Oakleaf's 3-10 to 2-12 victory.
It took a little while for the Derry side to get going as they were second best for much of the first half.
Indeed, it took all of 19 minutes for Derry to open their account with a point from a Niall Loughlin '45'.
By that stage Armagh had a goal and a point on the board. Niall Rowland opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a point while a just a minute later Derry were opened up by a neat move, Aidan Forker finding Ciaran McKeever in the unfamiliar position at full forward. He laid off to Anthony Duffy to blast to the net.
After Derry's opening score, Rory Grugan quickly added a point to put Armagh 1-2 to 0-1 ahead, the home side really struggling to get into the game.

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