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Armagh Minors marching on in style

On the evidence of their win over Cavan, Armagh will take a lot of beating in this year's Ulster Minor Football Championship after the Orchard boys sauntered through to the last four in fine style at a rainy St Tiernach's Park, Clones.

Cavan led by 0-5 to 0-3 early on in a match played in a constant downpour but Paul Doyle's charges rallied to level at 0-5 apiece at half-time.

However, Armagh completely dominated the exchanges after the break, out-scoring Cavan – who looked devoid of ideas and struggled to deal with the Armagh sweeper – by 1-8 to 0-1.

Star of the show was centre-forward Oisin O'Neill of Crossmaglen Rangers, who kicked a succession of majestic points, while substitute Conor Cullen tagged on a penalty and a fabulous point from play.

Team captain Caolán McConville also caught the eye as a vaunted Cavan, back-boned by the St Patrick's College side who impressively reached this year's MacRory Cup semi-final, capitulated, with full-back Cormac Daly sealing his place as pick of the bunch.

Meanwhile, Donegal were impressive as they saw off a strong Derry side by 1-10 to 0-8 at Celtic Park.

The Tír Chonnail boys led by 1-6 to 0-3 at half-time thanks to three points from play from John Campbell and a goal from James Brennan.

While the Oak Leafers rallied, with Danny Tallon to the fore, some fine saves from Danny Rodgers in the Donegal goal kept them in it and they deservedly marched on.

The Monaghan v Tyrone clash was postponed due to the sudden death of Cllr Owen Bannigan, whose son Michael is part of the Monaghan panel.

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