Armagh's TC Campbell scores for Armagh. Picture by Ken Redpath
ARMAGH Seconds travelled to the Crann in Fivemiletown on Saturday to play Clogher Valley in the quarter final of the River rock sponsored Towns Cup.
Both teams had already met this season at the Palace grounds in the conference league when the game finished 18-18 after a last play converted try by Armagh.
With this in mind, Armagh kicked off playing up the slope and from the start the visitors took play straight up to the home 22 when the referee blew for a Clogher infringement.
Harry Boyd stepped up to convert for an early three points to give his side an early boost of confidence.
However several Armagh mistakes later, Clogher had a lineout 10 metres out and sure enough after several pick and drives, Wilson drove over for a converted try, 7-3 to Clogher.
Undeterred, Armagh upped their work rate and again took play into the Clogher half with TC and Boyd keeping play at a high tempo with Gemeno and Crozier making the hard yards in the centre.
On 21 minutes, after carries from Willie Martin, McNeice and James Morton, TC darted over after a quick tap penalty to touch down.
With Boyd’s conversion, Armagh had regained the lead at 13-7.
Clogher were providing stiff resistance in the tight with Armagh having to regroup at times behind the gain line.
On 28 minutes, Barry Finn who had moved out to play on the wing, took a long pass and made ground up the touch line and when tackled he off-loaded to Faloon who raced up the pitch beating the fullback on his way to touching down at the posts.
With Boyd’s conversion good, the score was pushed out to 20-7 to Armagh.
The backs continued to look lively with McKeever receiving ball out wide, taking the ball into the Clogher 22 where he found Gimeno with a return pass for another try at the posts, 27-7.
Armagh infringed shortly after for Clogher to set up position in the corner for a 5 metre lineout.
A well executed lineout catch and drive led to another home converted try just on the half time whistle, 27-14.
The break allowed Armagh to reorganise their ranks as several players were playing out of position.
On the restart, Clogher played with renewed vigour to try and close the gap further.
With play brought into the Armagh 22 for a period of time, a well organised defence were able to clear their lines.
Boyd added a penalty on 62 minutes and a few minutes later when play was taken into the home 22, TC chipped through for McKeever to gather and touch down.
Boyd’s conversion brought the score to 37-14.
With the Seconds in full flow at his stage, Clogher lost possession in midfield with the ball snapped up by Boyd who set his backline in motion.
Crozier took a pass to go over mid way out, 42-14.
Another good try with Boyd and Gimeno involved put McKeever in the clear for him to get a second try.
The referee blew up for full time with the score at 47-14 to Armagh.
This was a good test for the side as Clogher’s physicality provided a challenge for the forwards which they met and in turn were able to provide a free flowing backline with plenty of ball.