Armagh see off wasteful Breffni men to book Ulster SFC semi-final berth

April 22, 2023

Armagh's Jason Duffy keeps possession from Cavan's Cian Madden ©INPHO/Evan Logan

Armagh advanced to the semi-finals of the Ulster senior football championship thanks to a 1-14 to 0-12 victory over Cavan at a soaking wet Kingspan Breffni this evening.

Conor Turbitt led the way for the victors with seven points, which sees him with 0-20 in his last three games for the Orchard men, while Ben Crealey’s goal was a hammer blow to the hosts just before half-time.

Crealey’s 34th minute strike came off the back of a superb break from Kieran McGeeney’s side and would send them in at the break with a commanding 1-10 to 0-6 lead.

Paddy Lynch’s third point of the evening and another from Gearoid McKiernan helped to keep the Breffni men in touch, but it was wides in the closing quarter (they tallied 16 in total) that ensured they wouldn’t come out on top in this one.

Trailing by six with four minutes to go, Mickey Graham’s men saw their sole clear-cut goal chance of the evening from Tiarnan Madden brilliantly cleared off the goal line by a diving Rian O’Neill.

More long range efforts went wide for the Blues after that and, despite points from McKiernan and Raymond Galligan (free), they’d finish five short as Armagh now advance towards a provincial semi-final date against either Donegal or Down.

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