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Bredagh see red as Armagh boys deliver

By John Campbell

Cuchulainns (Armagh) could hardly have envisaged the smooth journey they enjoyed into the Ulster Club Intermediate hurling championship semi-finals.

With Declan Coulter helping himself to 2-3, the Armagh side had built up a healthy lead by the interval.

And while further goals from Cormac Toner and Ruairi McGrattan cemented their supremacy, it was Bredagh's tendency to press the self-destruct button that saw them plunged into chaos.

Goals from Lorcan McMullan and Niall Donnelly had thrown them a lifeline, but when Oran Donnelly and Niall Scullion were dismissed for each incurring two yellow cards, the Bredagh cup of woe was filled to overflowing when Donnelly received a straight red in the closing minutes by which time Cuchulainns were out of sight at 4-14 to 2-7.

"Obviously the dismissals did not help Bredagh. For our part, I was pleased with the way the boys turned possession into scores and showed a competitive attitude throughout," said Armagh manager Ronan Sheehan.

In other games, Gael Chluana beat Burt by 2-14 to 1-0 while Dungannon Eoghan Rua beat Na Magha (Derry) by 4-21 to 0-5.

Former Down manager John Crossey is certainly bringing his influence to bear within the Craobh Rua, Camlough club.

In overcoming Monaghan Harps in the quarter-finals of the Ulster Junior Club championship, the south Armagh side looked lively and inventive.

Harps led by 0-8 to 0-5 at half-way but a goal early in the second-half by Micheal Bradley proved the catalyst for a spell of dominance by the Camlough outfit.

Two further goals from Fionan Burns and a fistful of points from Eoin Robb helped to send them into the semi-finals on a 3-9 to 0-11 scoreline.

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