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Ulster's young guns fire out a warning in bid to capture title

 

By John Campbell

Down and Armagh flashed a message of encouragement for the future by advancing to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Minor 'B' Hurling Championship, albeit by taking markedly different routes.

Armagh were stretched to the limit before overcoming a gritty Roscommon side by the narrowest of margins (1-16 to 2-12) at the Athletic Grounds, while Down careered to a runaway 10-24 to 1-12 win over Donegal.

In the All-Ireland U21 'B' Hurling Championship quarter-finals, Kerry strode to an impressive 0-25 to 1-9 victory over Donegal at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon.

Kerry led by 0-12 to 0-4 at half-time with Shane Conway landing five points before substitute Brandon Barrett pocketed three in the second half.

Armagh were due to meet Kildare in one of the other quarter-finals but conceded the game as they were unable to field a team.

Meanwhile, Cushendall made an impressive start to the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship by beating Clooney Gaels by 4-20 to 0-12 with Neil McManus very much in form for the winners by scoring 11 points (seven frees).

Tyrone will meet Roscommon in the All-Ireland U17 Football Championship final at Croke Park on Sunday week (12.00) following the Connacht team's fine 2-15 to 1-13 semi-final win over Kerry on Saturday.

In the Armagh Senior Football Championship Crossmaglen Rangers, who were without Jamie Clarke, were given a major scare before overcoming Whitecross by 0-17 to 1-13 while Harps easily surmounted Annaghmore by 1-21 to 0-9.

In the Derry Senior Football championship Ballinascreen served notice that they could be a force to be reckoned with by beating Bellaghy by 2-15 to 2-8 while Kilrea beat Dungiven by 1-12 to 1-10.

Glen overcame Lavey by a comfortable 4-11 to 0-13 margin thus underlining their depth of talent.

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