Last gasp point thwarts Armagh fightback

Niall Grimley
Niall Grimley

Armagh lost by a point 1-9 to 2-7 in a dramatic finish to their Dr McKenna clash against UUJ at the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday night.

Niall Grimley thought he has rescued a point for Kieran McGeeney’s side who had made a superb comeback to tie the scores but Danny Savage struck an injury time winning point for the visitors.

McGeeney gave first starts of the season to goalkeeper Paddy Morrison, Brendan Donaghy and Oisin MacIomhair.

Things had started well for Armagh as Stefan Forker and Stefan Campbell struck points, but UUJ hit back with a superb goal by Conan Grugan.

Morrison did well to save a goalbound shot from Madine but McBrearty latched onto the rebound and chalked up a point. Armagh’s Ethan Rafferty then replied with a point.

Forker levelled matters the score but with 34 minutes played UUJ struck their second goal.

Niall McConville began the Armagh revival in the second half with two unanswered points and the good work continued with points from Miceal McKenna, Rafferty and Forker before that late score denied them a draw.

Armagh: M McNeice; R McCaughley, B Donaghy, R Grugan; S Forker (0-2), C McKeever (C), A Forker (0-1); E Rafferty (0-1), N Grimley (0-1); O MacIomhair, N McConville (0-2, 0-1 free), M McKenna

(1-0); S Campbell (0-1 free), E McVerry (0-1), G McParland; Subs: P McKenna for McVerry (ht), J Feeney for MacIomhair (50), S Connell for McParland (52)

Ulster University: S Fox, G McKinless, R McNamee (0-1), R Johnston, R McHugh, K Clarke, D Savage, M Argue, C Grugan (1-0), R McAnespie, C O’Boyle (0-3, 0-2 frees), M Walshe, P McBrearty (1-2), N Madine, K Hughes; Subs: K Nolan for K Hughes (34), R McGone for McAnespie (50), S McArdle for McGone (0-1) (66); Black card: M Argue, replaced by C Stevenson (58).

Referee: C Mooney (Down).