Ulster Minor football champions Armagh face a worry over the fitness of midfield ace and captain Peter Carragher as they contemplate their forthcoming provincial championship semi-final.
Carragher limped out of the weekend first round win over Monaghan and now faces a race against time to be fit for the last four clash.
Up until his withdrawal he had played a key role in Armagh’s 1-13 to 1-8 win over Monaghan which was underpinned by a superb contribution from full-forward Paul McGeown who scored 1-5, his first-half goal helping to give Armagh a 1-8 to 0-5 interval lead.
But a Jack McCarron goal brought Monaghan back into the picture after the break and they subsequently reduced the deficit to 1-8 to 1-6.
But with Conor Gough also impressive in the middle and goalkeeper Matthew McNiece making two crucial stops, Armagh went on to close out the game in clinical fashion with Barry Seeley scoring two late points.
Down landed the first leg of what was to be a double over Donegal when they triumphed by 2-10 to 0-12 in the Minor Championship at Ballybofey yesterday.
Goals from Shane McCartan in the 10th minute and Jerome Johnston (pictured) two minutes later helped the Mourne side on their way although Donegal offered tough resistance throughout the second-half having been in arrears at 2-7 to 0-6 at half-time.
Down scored just three points after the break and their efficiency was curbed due mainly to the brilliance of Donegal midfield ace Patrick McBrearty who scored 0-9 from play and frees — several were from long distance — in a superb man-of-the-match performance. Eoin Grant and Michael Gannon were other Donegal players to catch the eye.
Down will now meet Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final but will have to show a marked step up in concentration and finishing if they hope to overcome Raymond Munroe’s side who beat Antrim last weekend.
There was no joy for Fermanagh last night when they fell to Cavan by 2-16 to 1-10.
The match had been delicately poised up until the closing stages when the fitter and better organised Cavan side pulled clear of their neighbours.
Fermanagh captain Sean Quigley scored his side’s goal but more often than not he lacked support.
Cavan now will now take their place in the semi-finals.