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Armagh 0-12 1-12 Antrim

Kevin Dyas and Mark Sweeney
Kevin Dyas battles with Mark Sweeney at the Athletic Grounds

Antrim secured a place in the Barrett McKenna Cup semi-finals as they edged out Armagh at the Athletic Grounds.

The game's only goal came on six minutes as Armagh keeper Philip McEvoy allowed Mark Sweeney's long ball to slip through his grasp.

Antrim led 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time and while Armagh cut the margin to a single point, the Saffrons pulled away again.

CJ McGourty compiled 0-4 for Antrim with Kevin Niblock hitting 0-3 while Rory Grugan notched 0-3 for Armagh.

The game's only goal came as McEvoy, under pressure from McGourty, failed to hold Sweeney's high ball.

Armagh responded with three unanswered points - including two Grugan efforts - but the Saffrons responded with Paddy Cunningham, McGourty and Niblock all on target before the interval.

Points from Conor Clarke and Grugan cut Antrim's lead to the minimum early in the second half but scores from Cunningham, Niblock and McGourty put distance between the teams again.

Steven McDonnell was introduced as a substitute in the second half and managed to notch an Armagh point.

The Ireland International Rules had a late shot at goal but the ball was blocked as the Saffrons held on for a three-point success.

Despite the defeat, Armagh are not yet out of contention for a semi-final place as they face St Mary's at the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday night.

In Sunday's other Section C clash, John Clarke bagged a goal in either half as Down earned a comprehensive 2-13 to 0-6 win over St Mary's at Pairc Esler.

Despite being without John's brother Marty, the hosts continued their excellent form of recent weeks with a strong display against the Sigerson Cup contenders.

Mark Poland led the charge as top-scorer as James McCartan's side never looked troubled.

Clarke's first goal helped the Mourne County take a 1-8 to 0-3 interval lead.

The Down forward hit his second goal shortly after the restart and St Mary's offered little resistance as the Mourne County kept alive their slim hopes of earning a place in the semi-finals.

St Mary's cannot progress to the semi-final even though they still have a group game against Armagh on Wednesday.

Section A

Tyrone 1-13 0-13 Donegal

UUJ 1-12 0-15 Fermanagh

Section B

Derry 1-21 1-12 Monaghan

Section C

Armagh 0-12 1-12 Antrim

Down 2-13 0-06 St Mary's

see also
Tyrone 1-13 0-13 Donegal
23 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Derry 1-21 1-12 Monaghan
23 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Cavan 0-12 1-4 Queen's
22 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Tyrone McKenna clash at Edendork
23 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Antrim 0-12 0-12 Down
19 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Derry 2-15 0-6 Queen's
19 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Four McKenna Cup games postponed
19 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Queen's and Derry take victories
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Armagh and Antrim open with wins
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Donegal beat UUJ in McKenna Cup
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Tyrone McKenna Cup game postponed
14 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Harte pays tribute to daughter
11 Jan 11 |  Northern Ireland
Padden poised for move to Armagh
10 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games

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