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Armagh edged out in Fitzsimons Cup final

Armagh assistant manager Paul Grimley returned to familiar territory on Saturday night when his side faced Meath in the Fitzsimons Cup final at Pairc Tailteann, Navan.

Grimley spent last year as number two to Meath boss Seamus McEnaney and it was the latter who experienced a winning final on this occasion when his side triumphed by 1-13 to 1-12.

Meath looked comfortable when they led by 1-13 to 0-10 with ten minutes to go, a goal from Thomas Walsh seemingly having ruptured Armagh’s morale.

But Paddy O’Rourke’s side hit back with a goal from substitute Stephen Sheridan and a brace of points from Pauric Gribben and Aidan Forker that ensured the match went down to the wire before Meath edged home by a point.

In the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship Antrim champions All Saints followed up their preliminary round win over Drumgoon (Cavan) by overcoming Irvinestown by 0-16 to 1-10 yesterday. Sean McVeigh and Paddy Logan were again impressive in helping to collate scores.

Derry title-holders Craigbane had a facile 2-19 to 0-6 win over Down side Kilclief who had two players red-carded.

Armagh champions Cullaville dispatched Donegal representatives St Naul’s by 3-6 to 0-9.

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There was disappointment for Tyrone champions Kildress who lost to Carrickmacross by 0-11 to 0-8.

In the Ulster Club Junior Football championship Eire Og (Armagh) beat O’Donnells (Antrim) by 0-6 to 0-3 while Tyrone champions Derrytresk hurdled Oak Leaf standard-bearers Doire Colmcille by 2-11 to 0-7.

But there was a setback for Bredagh when they were pipped by Donegal outfit Burt by 1-7 to 1-6.

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