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O'Connor takes it on the chin as Armagh fail to achieve their goal

Danny Magee
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John Campbell

By John Campbell

It was a case of so near yet so far for Armagh when they were just squeezed out by Roscommon by 0-14 to 0-11 in yesterday's Allianz Hurling League Division 3A final at Navan.

Orchard county boss Padraig O'Connor was left to rue crucial goalscoring opportunities as the Connacht outfit repeated their earlier league win over his side.

"We looked to be in with a good chance of maybe getting a goal on two or three occasions but I honestly felt that the advantage rule was not properly applied in each instance," declared O'Connor.

"That's not sour grapes but an honest view on something that I felt did not go our way.

"I thought the lads put in a big effort but we did not get the rub of the green."

In a contest that evolved into something of a head-to-head between the rival free-takers, Cathal Dolan's accuracy was to prove Roscommon's ace card while Danny Magee, with eight points in all, did much to keep Armagh in touch.

Nathan Curry, Eoin McGuinness and Dean Gaffney were also on target for the losers who shipped two late points from Padraig Kelly which were to copper-fasten the westerners' victory.

Warwickshire retained their Division 2B status when they overcame Donegal in a relegation shoot-out by 2-10 to 0-14.

The north west county were superior in the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval with former Armagh player Declan Coulter among their scorers.

But Warwickshire stepped on the accelerator after the break and goals from Emmet McCabe and Kelvin McGee were crucial in swinging the game in their favour.

Meanwhile, three Ulster representatives collected coveted annual President's Awards when John Horan did the honours at a lavish banquet in Croke Park.

Sean Tracey saw his lifetime of work with Fermanagh club St Mary's, Devenish recognised when he carried off the Ulster accolade, while well-known Down gael Deirdre McGrath received the Camogie Award for her sterling work over several decades within the sport at both club and county level. As well as her outstanding input at the higher level she is currently proving an inspirational administrator within the thriving Aghaderg club.

Armagh native Hugh Duggan stepped up to receive the International Award after many years of dedicated service to the GAA in San Francisco.

A founder of the club there, Duggan was named as coach to the North American Men's Football team in 1996 before taking on the role of US GAA referees' administrator.

He was presented with the San Francisco's club Hall of Fame award in 2015. Duggan has maintained his close affiliation with the Pearse Og club in Armagh despite being on the other side of the Atlantic.

Prior to going to live in the United States, Duggan had been one of the most high-profile GAA referees in this country and he took charge of the 1979 All-Ireland final between Kerry and Dublin.

In the Littlewoods National Camogie League, Derry got the better of Antrim in a Division 2 Group 3 Ulster derby by 4-8 to 0-5. In Division 3, Tyrone lost to Clare by 4-12 to 1-3.

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