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McDonnell now faces tense wait ahead of Ulster Council probe


By John Campbell ·

Armagh team manager Peter McDonnell took in yesterday's second Ulster U20 football championship semi-final between Derry and Down, but his thoughts must have strayed to the anticipated Ulster Council investigation into the ugly melee that marred his side's last four win over Tyrone on Friday night.

It was towards the end of extra-time in what had been an enthralling contest that tensions spilled over. Armagh's Ryan Owens and Eoghan McDonnell were banished as were Red Hands' duo Tiarnan Drayne and Jude Campbell before the Orchard County won by 2-22 to 0-24.

"Obviously we must await the outcome of any Ulster Council deliberations after they have considered the referee's report," said McDonnell. "A member of our management team was taken to hospital with suspected concussion after the match."

Derry booked their place in the decider by beating Down by 2-17 to 2-15 with Callum Brown and Lorcan McWilliams hitting goals in response to an earlier brace from Pierce Laverty and Aaron Devlin.

Meanwhile, in hurling Derry failed to reach the Christy Ring Cup final losing out to Kildare in the semi-final by 3-18 to 2-13.

Tyrone, too, tasted disappointment in the Nicky Rackard Cup going down by 1-25 to 1-14 to Warwickshire.