Reigning EirGrid Ulster U20 Champions Tyrone booked their place in the semi final of this year’s competition after an extra time win over Armagh in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday afternoon. Tyrone outscored their opponents 0-4 to no score during the two ten minute periods. The match was played in blustery conditions throughout and the wind had a big impact on a low scoring encounter.
Armagh were 0-2 to 0-1 by the quarter hour mark thanks to points from Eoin Woods and Justin Kierans, the Tyrone score coming from a Tiarnan Quinn free. Quinn drew the sides level in the 20th minute from another close range free. Tyrone were particularly wasteful in front of the posts for the remainder of the half hitting five wides in total with their only score coming from Matthew Murnaghan in the 24th minute to square the game up again following an Eoin Woods score from play. Tyrone went down to 14 men just ahead of the short whistle with Ryan Jones being shown a red card. Half Time – Tyrone 0-3 Armagh 0-3
Armagh made a fast start to the second half going 0-6 to 0-3 ahead as Justin Kierans found the range from a free and then hit an audacious score off the outside of the right boot. Donal Conlon added another from play in the 39th minute. Second half substitute Darragh Canavan clipped over Tyrone’s first score of the second period three minutes later. Tyrone continued to weather the Armagh surge despite the numerical disadvantage with the excellent Cormac Munroe and Conor Quinn snuffing out the Armagh inside forwards.
Tyrone then struck for a goal in the 51st minute. Tiarnan Quinn won the ball down the left hand side and as he shot for the target Shea Magill found himself caught out by the flight of the ball as it flew beyond him and hit the net. Armagh continued to press forward though and were rewarded with two late converted frees from Cian McConville and James McCormack in the 65th minute to tie the game. Full Time – Tyrone 1-5 Armagh 0-8.
Tyrone playing with the breeze in the first period of extra time had only a Tiarnan Quinn point to show for their efforts by the short break. The second period was much more productive for the Red Hands as Neil Kilpatrick, Antoin Fox and Conor Quinn all scored from play. Armagh’s resilience was broken by that point and black cards for Tiernan Kelly and Ronan Mallon compounded a poor extra time performance for the Orchard County. Final Score – Tyrone 1-9 Armagh 0-8.
Armagh – Shea Magill, Ronan Mallon, Aaron McCreanor, Tomas McCormack, Eoin Woods (0-2), Paul Martin, Oscar McKeagney, Niall McCorry, Ciaran Mackin, Donal Conlon (0-1), Tiernan Kelly, Justin Kierans (0-3), Dara O’Callaghan, Eoin McConville, Cian McConville (0-1) Subs – Shane Donnelly for Dara O’Callaghan, Oisin King for Eoin McConville, Louis Hughes for Ciaran Mackin, James McCormack (0-1) for Cian McConville Subs in Extra Time – Dara O’Callaghan for Oisin King, Cian McConville for Shane Donnelly, Shea Traynor for Aaron McCreanor
Tyrone – Lorcan Quinn, Conor Quinn (0-1), Cormac Munroe, Ryan Jones, Michael Gallagher, Antoin Fox (0-1), James McCann, Kevin Barker, Joe Oguz, Liam Gray, Matthew McCusker, Neil Kilpatrick (0-1) Ethan Jones, Matthew Murnaghan, Tiarnan Quinn (1-4) Subs – Darragh Canavan (0-1) for Liam Gray, Tomas Donaghy for Matthew Murnaghan, Caolan Slevin for James McCann, Aaron Montgomery for Ethan Jordan Subs in Extra Time – Eunan Devlin for Liam Gray, Ruairi Strain for Michael Gallagher, Ronan Duffin for Aaron Montgomery