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Derry 3-14 Armagh 1-11
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70mins: Tyrone or Donegal will have a tough time on their hands from this Derry forward line. can they win the Anglo Celt for the first time since 1998?
68mins: No sloppy finish from Sean Leo McGoldrick, the back roamed forward and got his point.
66mins: The Derry forward line certainly thinks the job is done -they’re probably right – but play is getting sloppy and they’ve rained in three wides in as many minutes. Eoin Bradley is withdrawn, he’ll be looking forward to the Ulster final.
60mins: A few orange jerseys trailing out of St Tiornachs Park but they’ll have missed Charlie Vernon narrowing the gap down to seven points.
58mins: This is almost samba football from Derry. Bradley back-heel on the sideline finds its way to Lynch, but his long range effort trails narrowly wide.
57mins: Gilligan follows up his three-pointer with another free which goes over via the post
56mins: GOAL! A six point swing. At one end McDonnell with goal chance saved by Danny Devlin. Derry counter attack and Gilligan blasts into the top corner.
51mins: McDonnell with another point, this one from play and a Charlie Vernon point keeps Armagh in with a shout
48mins: But that right boot of Stephen McDonnell just keeps swinging and the gap is back to six. Blink and you’ll miss a score in this game.
47mins: GOAL! This time Mallon doesn’t manage to foul Bradley as the ball broke 30 meters from goal. the forward bore down on goal and picked a perfect finish to stretch the lead to seven points for the underdogs.
45mins: Bradley causing all sorts of problems for his man and the result is another free and another point from Gilligan.
43mins: trademarke Armagh pressure on the 45 leads to goal chance. Jamie Clarke mistimes his fist and hits the post.
42mins: McDonnell’s freetaking continues to keep Armagh in the game and the gap is back to three points.
40mins: Derry right back on track since that goal, Conleth Gilligan sends his second free over the bar.
36mins: GOAL!Perfect start to the second half for Armagh. O’Rourke with the goal after a frantic, flowing move. Charlie Kielt pulls adds another for Derry straight away.
36mins: McDonnell puts an end to Armagh’s 15 minute drought just in time for the half time whistle.
35mins: Mark Lynch grabs another super point after Toner allowed him time to aim from the right flank.
35mins: Just coming up to half time and that goal has rocked Armagh back on their heels. the tit-for-tat rhythym they had is gone. can they rediscover it in the second half?
29mins: GOAL. Mark Lynch bursts from the left channel and slams his finish to the roof of the net giving Paul Hearty no chance
28mins: Eoin Bradley is on fire in this half, an enormous point from play. 45 meters out and he hit it high over the bar.
25mins: Joe Diver given very harsh yellow after Toner takes a dive after minor contact with the boot.
19mins: Bradley hits his third point, the first on his right boot. and this open game keeps flowing cause McDonnell pulls one back immediately despite his right boot flying away.
14mins: An even better score from Jamie Clarke from near impossible angle on the left.
13mins: Eoin Bradley with a terrific point point from play. The oak-leaf finally with a 2-point lead.
12mins: Derry take the lead a fourth time, Conleth Gilligan this time scores from the free.
10mins: First score from play and its Derry who lead the way through a great point from Mark Lynch but Michael O’Rourke pegs them back instantly
5min: Tit for tat as Bradley converts his second 20 meter free from the hands and straight up the other end Jamie Clarke is dragged down allowing Aaron Kernan level.
4min: Very soft free against Kevin Dyas allowed Stephen McDonnell level the scores
1min: Anthems over and we’re underway in Clones. Eoin Bradley swings over a free to get Derry off the mark first.
0min: And for Armagh, Vincent Martin is in at half back in place of Paul Duffy
0min: There are two changes to Derry’s starting team. Kevin McGuckin and James Kielt move into fullback and half forward respectively in place of Kevin McCloy and Cailean O’Boyle.
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Armagh: P Hearty; A Mallon, B Donaghy, K Dyas; A Kernan, C McKeever, V Martin; K Toner, C Vernon; T Kernan, BJ Padden, M Mackin; M O’Rourke, S McDonnell, J Clarke.
Derry: Danny Devlin, Sean McGoldrick, Kevin McGuckin, Dermot McBride, Brian McAlary, Charlie Kielt, Michael Bateson, Joe Diver, Michael Friel, Mark Lynch, James Kielt, Barry McGoldrick, Enda Muldoon, Eoin Bradley, Conleth Gilligan.
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