ARMAGH overcame arch-rivals TYRONE to reach the McKenna Cup semi-finals against Monaghan on Tuesday.
Kieran McGeeney’s side beat the All-Ireland champions 2-15 to 1-15 at Healy Park with Rory Grugan’s breakthrough second-half goal killing Tyrone.
Elsewhere, DONEGAL topped Section A with Paddy McBrearty scoring seven points in a 0-15 to 1-9 win over ANTRIM in Portglenone.
Donegal will face DERRY, who reached the semi-finals as the best runner-up after a 0-17 to 1-10 win over FERMANAGH.
A goal in each half by Jason Duffy and Grugan in Omagh secured Armagh’s top spot in Season B.
Tyrone trailed by seven points near the end of the first half.
But Conn Kilpatrick’s goal got them back in the game.
And the Red Hands were more dominant in the second half.
They get one point behind Conor Meyler, James Garrity, Liam Nugent and four points from sub-Paul Donaghy in the third quarter.
However, frequent flips left them vulnerable and when Meyler sent the ball away, Armagh broke through with speed and Grugan edged past Seán Loughran, cutting inside to score the winning goal before the second break. .
Orchard boss Kieran McGeeney is happy to beat the all-Ireland champion but is the first to admit that their rival is still in the early stages of buying a home in 2022.
THE EARLY DAYS
‘Geezer’ said: “I won’t be overwhelmed.
“We got promoted in the week, the boys wanted to make a mark and we were happy enough. We missed a lot but we made a good move. ”
During Tuesday night’s semi-final against Monaghan, McGeeney said: “It gives us a chance to see some other players but we also only have to take 14 days out of the tournament, so it’s a balancing act.”
Eight points from Matthew Downey helped Derry beat Fermanagh in Roslea.
Seán Quigley’s goal in the last ten minutes gave the Ernesiders a point but the Oak Leafers re-established themselves, kicking four of the last five points.
Donegal captain Michael Murphy was brought on in the second half of the first game of the season.
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