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Armagh edge in on Cup success but Derry lose relegation fight

By John Campbell

Armagh will get the chance to flex their muscles in Croke Park on Sunday week in hurling's Nicky Rackard Cup final.

They will meet Mayo, a side to whom they fell heavily earlier in the competition. Yet Armagh are now in upbeat mood following their 3-19 to 1-11 victory over Fingal on Saturday.

Conor Corvan scored two of the Orchard County's goals with Declan Coulter landing the other, while Ryan Gaffney bagged a shoal of points from frees.

Armagh county board hurling officer Liam Ross said: "We know we have ground to make up following that lapse against Mayo and what better place to show our true form than Croke Park?"

There was only heartbreak for Derry, however, as they lost their Christy Ring Cup relegation play-off against Wicklow by 2-23 to 0-15 while Donegal surrendered to Mayo in the other Nicky Rackard Cup semi-final by 1-18 to 2-11.

Tyrone survived in their relegation shoot-out against Fermanagh, winning by 3-22 to 1-14 with Damien Casey scoring 1-16.

Ulster clinched the Ladies Football inter-provincial championship title for a fifth consecutive season when they beat Connacht by 4-7 to 0-11 with Yvonne McMonagle (2), Ciara McAnespie and Lauren McConville grabbing their goals.

In a poor game, Kildare beat Wexford by 0-9 to 0-8 at a near-deserted Croke Park.

Sadly, former GAA President Joe McDonagh died over the weekend. His immediate predecessor Jack Boothman passed away just two weeks ago.

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