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Armagh's superiority tells as Antrim are swept aside

Armagh 2-13 - 1-5 Antrim

By Staff Reporter

Superior fitness, slick finishing and a frenetic work ethic helped Armagh book an Ulster U21 football championship semi-final meeting with Tyrone at the expense of Antrim yesterday.

An early Antrim flourish at the Athletic Grounds held promise but between the seventh and 20th minutes, Armagh rattled off seven unanswered points with left-corner-forward Ryan McShane in particular a constant threat.

After gobbling up a brace of points, McShane flicked home a goal in the 28th minute.

Antrim were restricted to brief raids that yielded just a 24th-minute point from Dermot McAleese to complement earlier scores from Ruairi Scott and Patrick McAleer.

Armagh, though, led 1-10 to 0-3 at the break and maintained their momentum with Niall Grimley grabbing their second goal in the 32nd minute before McAleese later replied.

Armagh closed the game out comfortably and now look forward to their semi-final, with Monaghan and Donegal meeting in the other last four tie.

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