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Ulster Club Championship: Three off as Belfast boys lose the plot

By John Campbell

There was mixed fortunes for Armagh sides in the Ulster Club series.

In the Intermediate sector Sarsfields found Doohamlet, the Monaghan champions, too hot to handle at Crossmaglen and went down by 1-10 to 0-8.

Doohamlet carried too much scoring power in the second half, even though they had only limited possession for phases of the game.

In the Ulster Club Junior championship, Grange did Armagh proud by overcoming O’Donnell’s (Antrim) at Crossmaglen by 0-14 to 0-5. But the west Belfast side contributed to the own downfall by losing three players to red cards, their dismissals striking at the very core of their strategy.

There was double disappointment for Derry, though.

St Mary’s Rasharkin stunned Castledawson in the Ulster Intermediate club series by winning by 1-10 to 0-11 with Brendan Ellison bustling in their goal, Damien McKay grabbing four of their points and Jonathan McAleese landing two.

Paddy McNeill’s side now go into a semi-final meeting with Fermanagh champions Lisnaskea who beat Down title-holders Tullylish by 2-12 to 1-8 yesterday.

The second Derry disappointment came when Ardmore, managed by Paul Green, succumbed to Cavan champions Swanlinbar by 4-16 to 2-8 in the Ulster Junior Club series.

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