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Armagh too strong for Derry

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Armagh too strong for Derry thumbnailColeraine’s Ruari Mooney tries to set up a Derry attack during Sunday’s defeat to Armagh. Wk03056

ARMAGH will meet Donegal in the second McKenna Cup semi-final after Kieran McGeeney's men got the better of Derry in an entertaining clash at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday.
The game was attended by a surprisingly big crowd of 2,506 - mostly from the home county.
The greater experience and physicality of the home team proved the difference between the sides but with two weeks to go until the start of the National League, Damian McErlain will not be too disappointed to have an extended preparation time before his side faces Westmeath in the opening game of the league.
Armagh started with the benefit of a considerable wind at their backs but they took full advantage with an impressive opening 35 minutes.
Kieran McGeeney's men employed a high press on the Derry kick-out which forced Ben McKinless to go long in conditions which meant he was struggling to reach the 45m line. It allowed Armagh to hem Derry inside their own '45'.
Derry, when they did secure primary possession, had some strong runners taking the ball out of their half with Jack Doherty and Liam McGoldrick prominent but Armagh were tackling with the tenacity of a Championship encounter.
And with the wind forcing Derry to use the running game, as soon as the Oak Leafers breached the first line of Armagh defence, the men in orange retreated en masse to inside their own 45, waiting on turnovers from which to launch attacks toward full forward Andy Murnin who was giving Michael McEvoy a tough time.
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