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Ulster U-21 FC 1st ROUND Armagh 2-10 Fermanagh 0-9 ARMAGH enjoyed a comfortable victory win over Fermanagh in the preliminary round of the Ulster U21 Championship last night.

Two second-half goals in Brewster Park from the impressive Jemar Hall and Ethan Rafferty ensured Armagh progressed to a quarter-final tie with Down next week.

Fermanagh started brightly but Armagh began to assert their control mid-way through the first-half.

They scored five unanswered points in a 10 minute spell which saw them come from behind to lead by 0-7 to 0-3. Niall McConville scored three of those points, two were good long-range efforts from play, while Jemar Hall got on the end of a fine move to move them four points clear after 28 minutes.

Fermanagh skipper Conal Jones ended a 14 minute scoring drought for his team just before the break who went in trailing 0-7 to 0-4. The Erne men had most of the play in the first quarter, but the quality of ball going in was poor and they also hit four bad wides.

The game was over as a contest two minutes into the second-half when Ethan Rafferty netted for Armagh.

Another lapse in concentration in the Fermanagh defence allowed Jemar Hall to ghost in for Armagh's second goal on 42 minutes.

Fermanagh's Conor McAleer hit 0-3 but also missed a few chances.

By the time subs Daniel Teague and Ryan Feely scored, the whole intensity had gone out of the game.

Armagh captain and senior star Aiden Forker was expected to be the dangerman for the orchard side but it was Jemar Hall who kicked 1-3 from play and grew in confidence as the game wore on.

SCORERS: FERMANAGH - C McAleer 0-3 (1f), E Courtney 0-2 (2f), C Jones, R Lyons (f), J Feely, D Teague 0-1 each ARMAGH - J Hall 1-3, E Rafferty 1-1 (1f), N McConville 0-3 (1f), S McCoy, M McKenna A Forker 0-1 each


PRESSURE James Duffy tackles Armagh's Jemar Hall

RUN Ryan Hyde behind Armagh star Simon McCoy
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 14, 2013
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