Derry pull away from Armagh in second half

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Derry pull away from Armagh in second half thumbnailThe Derry team celebrate their win over Armagh in the Nicky Rackard Cup final.

ELEVEN years after Swatragh's Mickey Conway captained Derry to an emphatic 5-15 to 1-11 Nicky Rackard Cup final victory over Donegal Banagher's Oisin McCloskey skippered the Oak Leaf County to an equally emphatic 3-23 to 2-12 win over Armagh at the weekend.
In the early exchanges Armagh tried to lay down a marker but referee Shane Hynes of Galway flashed yellow cards to Nathan Curry and Dylan McKenna inside three minutes and that put an end to the nonsense, the outstanding Alan Grant netting in the seventh minute to give the title favourites a settling major.
Still the Orchard County had their best spell of the match in the next ten minutes and it took all the experience of the rock solid Liam Óg Hinphey, ably assisted by Sean Cassidy and Darragh McCloskey, to restrict them to four unanswered points from Nathan Curry, Eoin McGuinness and David Carvill from a free by the 16th minute.
Gerald Bradley took a pass from his clubmate Mehaul McGrath and levelled a minute later and from that point to the final whistle Derry got into their rhythm and reeled off point to lead 1-09 to 0-06 at the interval.


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