Derry 2-10 Armagh 3-3
The home side came from behind and staged the most unlikely of second half comebacks to shock Armagh in their Ulster Under-21 clash at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.
Armagh played against the wind in the opening half,but three goals in that period looked to have set the Orchard County up for a win. Caolan Rafferty hit the opening three pointer after only eight minutes and although Benny Heron hit back for Derry, further goals from Aidan Forker and Gavin McParland gave the visitors a 3-1 to 1-2 lead after 23 minutes.
Derry hit back with points from Heron and Cailean O’Boyle(3) to go in at the interval trailing by 3-1 to 1-6. The Oak Leafers began the second period as they finished the first and O’Boyle rifled the back of the Armagh net, before his colleagues hit three unanswered points to leave the score at 2-09 to 3-1. Gavin McParland and Stefan Campbell replied for Armagh but a point from Daniel Jackson wrapped up the most unlikely of comebacks for Derry.
Scorers – Derry: C O’Boyle 1-4 (0-2f), B Heron 1-3 (0-1f), R Ferris, L Moore, D Jackson 0-1 each. Armagh:
G McParland 1-1, A Forker, C Rafferty 1-0 each, R McGrugan, S Campbell (f) 0-1 each.
Derry – A Warnock; K Johnston, D Dillon, J Devlin; D McGuckin, R Ferris, B Doyle; E McGuckin, A Mullan; L Moore, C O’Boyle, B Heron; C McWilliams, A Devlin, C McGoldrick. Subs: N Forrester for Mullan (34), D Jackson for C McWilliams (57).
Armagh – J McCullogh; E McArdle, D McKenna, B Kelly; D Lavery, N Rowland, A Duffy; P Carragher, J Donnelly; R McGrugan, A Muirin, A Forker; G McParland, C Rafferty , S Campbell. Subs: T McAlinden for Muirnin (42), E McVerry for Campbell (49), R McElhinney for McGoldrick (52).
Referee – S McLaughlin (Donegal).