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McEntee suffers double woe as Armagh and Mayo lose out

By John Campbell

Published 20/06/2016

Callum Mullan-Young is set to make his senior football debut for Derry (stock photo)
Callum Mullan-Young is set to make his senior football debut for Derry (stock photo)

Former Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winner Tony McEntee could be forgiven for thinking that it never rains but it pours.

Having thrown in his lot as a member of manager Stephen Rochford's team in Mayo, McEntee hoped to see the side land a sixth Connacht title on the trot.

But Galway turned in a stunning performance to win Saturday's semi-final by 1-12 to 0-9 when Tom Flynn's 55th minute goal proved the decisive score.

To compound McEntee's woes, his native Armagh of course succumbed to Laois in the All-Ireland qualifiers by 1-10 to 0-10.

Galway boss Kevin Walsh didn't miss the chance to fire a riposte to his team's detractors, either. "We got a lot of stick because we only had eight players in our side from last year. Mayo had nine but I didn't hear too much about that," said Walsh.

Meanwhile, there will be a novel pairing in the Ulster ladies football championship final on July 3 when Cavan and Monaghan go head to head.

The weekend's semi-finals provided two upsets when Cavan beat Donegal by 1-9 to 1-8 while Monaghan turned in an impressive performance to overcome Armagh by 3-17 to 2-4.

Ciara McAnespie scored 1-4 and Ellie McCarron landed 0-5 as Monaghan stamped their authority against an Armagh side that was totally outclassed.

Also on the receiving end of a heavy defeat was the Derry camogie side which lost to Kilkenny by 5-24 to 2-3.

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