Armagh ends Wicklows summer

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Updated: July 16, 2011

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Wicklow 0-10 v Armagh 2-09

70 min played

Commentary:

70+3 min Full-time. Armagh seal a 2-9 to 0-10 victory.
70 min McDonnell hits another wide for Armagh. Three minutes of injury time to play.
65 min McPartland scores for Armagh to make it a five point game.
63 min Aaron Kernan makes it a four point game after he scores from a free.
59 min Bad wide from Furlong.
58 min Furlong scores for Wicklow to make it a three point game.
56 min Seventh wide for Wicklow.
55 min Padden hits a wide for Armagh.
53 min Billy Joe Padden enters the fray for Armagh.
52 min Jamie Clarke scores again. The forward now has 2-2 from play.
50 min O’Malley scores for Wicklow.
49 min Jamie Clarke scores a point for Armagh. Four point lead for the Ulster team.
46 min Goal for Armagh! Jamie Clarke scores again for Armagh. A huge blow to Wicklow, who have been the better team so far in the second half.
45 min Austin O’Malley’s shot drops just short for Wicklow.
44 min Yellow card for Stafford.
41 min Yellow card for Hanratty.
40 min Nathan Glynn scores for Wicklow to level the scores.
39 min Malachy Mackin hits a poor wide for Armagh, their tenth.
38 min Tony Hannon scores from a free, his third point for Wicklow.
37 min Wide number eight for Armagh.
36 min The second half kicks off. Armagh are 1/3 favourites to win the game.

Half-Time Armagh lead by 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval. Armagh have played most of the football and Wicklow will be disappointed they did not make more of a strong breeze.

35+2 min Half-time
35+1 min Seventh wide for Armagh.
35 min Malachy Macking hits Armagh’s sixth wide.
33 min Armagh increase the lead to two points.
31 min Point from a free for Wicklow’s Furlong.
29 min Another wide for Armagh. This time from Jamie Clarke.
28 min O’Malley shoots wide with an ambitious shot for Wicklow.
27 min Aaron Kernan hits a wide for Armagh.
26 min McDonnell scores from a free for Armagh. His twelfth point of the Championship.
24 min Tony Hannon hits a wide from a free for Wicklow.
22 min Paul Duffy scores for Armagh.
20 min Glynn goes for goal but the bar drifts over the bar for a point. Level again.
19 min Goal for Armagh! Wicklow fail to clear the ball twice and Jamie Clarke scores off balance. Armagh lead despite playing against the breeze.
17 min Third wide for Wicklow as Nathan Glynn hits a poor shot.
16 min Paul Earls scores a good point for Wicklow as they extend their lead to two points.
13 min Aaron Kernan hits Armagh’s third wide of the day from a free.
12 min Hannon scores a great free for Wicklow.
10 min McDonnell curls a shot wide from a free for Armagh.
6 min Tony Hannon scores for Wicklow to level the scores.
6 min Glynn hits Wicklow’s first wide.
5 min Armagh lead by two points to one after the opening stages.
0 min The match is underway in Wicklow. Wicklow have the breeze in the first half.

Wicklow: Flynn, Hyland, Byrne, Kelly, McLoughlin, McGrath, Hayden, Stafford, Finn, O’Malley, Hannon, Mernagh, Earls, Furlong, Glynn

Armagh team: Paul Hearty; Andy Mallon, Brendan Donaghy, Declan McKenna; Aaron Kernan, Kevin Dyas, Finnian Moriarty; James Lavery, Charlie Vernon; Johnny Hanratty, Brian Mallon, Malachy Mackin; Michael O’Rourke, Steven McDonnell (capt), Jamie Clarke.

Substitutes: Philip McEvoy, Tony Kernan, Colm Watters, Gavin McParland, John Murtagh, Billy Joe Padden, Vincent Martin, Caolan Rafferty, Rory Grugan.

Preview:

Wicklow and Armagh will meet for their qualifier replay Saturday night after extra time could not separate the counties last weekend. A late Aaron Kernan point saved the Orchard County from a shock defeat, as the teams played out a thrilling 0-19 to 2-13 draw.

The game was expected to be the last of Mick O’Dwyer’s long and illustrious career, but Wicklow’s impressive performance means his side has at least one game left in this year’s Championship. O’Dwyer also laughed off the subject of retirement when he spoke to RTE reporters earlier in the week.

Wicklow will perhaps be the more disappointed of the sides after last week’s encounter. Wicklow began with five points without reply and led for most of the match, with Armagh only taking the lead for the first time with ten minutes to play. Even then, a Seanie Furlong goal quickly turned the tide back towards Wicklow. Armagh needed an injury time point from Gavin McPartland to force extra time.

Another Furlong goal in extra time seemed to have helped Wicklow over the line, but Kernan’s late point means the sides must go to war again.

Before last week’s encounter, the counties had enjoyed mixed campaigns. Wicklow’s Championship got off to a miserable start in May when they lost 0-5 to 0-12 to Kildare. O’Dwyer’s men bounced back, however, with an impressive 1-18 to 0-16 victory over Sligo.

Armagh started well with a 1-15 to 1-10 victory over Down in the Ulster quarter final, with Joe Clarke (1-2) and Aaron Kernan (0-5) doing most of the damage. Armagh then endured a disappointing 3-14 to 1-11 defeat to Derry.

Armagh have made two changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s encounter. Centre half-back Ciaran McKeever injured his hamstring in extra-time last week and Johnny Hanratty will take his place in the Armagh side. Hanratty will play in the half-forward line, while Kevin Dyas drops back and plays in McKeever’s position in the half-backs. Declan McKenna will also replace Paul Duffy.

Sportsnewsireland.com will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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