|Noel Galvin looks for an option coming out of the Blues defence.|
The first half was evenly contested. The Brightonians opened a two point lead to get things going, and Alan Holland got the Blues off the mark with a point from a free. Thomas Maloney almost goaled for the Blues early in the game, but his high placed shot was well saved by Dean Bourke. The Blues strung three points together after Darren Gilsenan had restored Armagh-Notre Dame’s lead to two, a Paul O’Connor point and one each from play and a free from Holland put the Blues ahead for the first time. Gilsenan leveled affairs with a well taken point before O’Connor put the Blues one to the good yet again. David Quinn netted coming up to half time. With former Cork U-21 Noel Galvin attending to Quinn, the Dubliner was not finding the freedom that he has been used to so far this summer. However, the Na Fianna clubman got on the end of a well worked move to finish well. Holland had the final say before half time with a lovely strike to make it 1-4 to 0-6 in favour of the lads from Ireland’s orchard at the break.
|Michael O'Brien made a big difference after coming on in the second half.|
Blues: A. Garry, E. Mullarkey, N. Galvin, JP Murphy, L. Jennings (0-1), C. Fitzgerald, L. O’Brien, P. Murray, S. Sinnott, D. McElligott, A. Holland (0-9), T. Maloney, P. O’Connor (0-2). Sub: M. O’Brien (0-1), J. Burke (1-0). Armagh-ND: D. Bourke, C. O’Toole, J. Cooper, F. Meehan, M. Graham, A. Doyle, S. Dineen, C. Brophy, S. O’Hare (0-2), D. Byrne, D. Gilsenan (0-2), P. Curran, D. Quinn (1-1).
By Rory O'Donnell