Ten of Armagh’s Under 20 footballers have been suspended ahead of their Ulster Football Final with Derry following a brawl which broke out in their semi-final in over Tyrone a week ago.
A large melee broke out in extra time with the sides level. Armagh eventually got the win by 2-22 to 0-24 after two periods of extra time. however the game wont be remembered for it’s football instead it will be for all the wrong reasons. Speaking to Gaelic Life the Armagh manager Peter McDonnell said that his side will appeal the decision and he also said it would make the result the result on Sunday week a foregone conclusion.
McDonnell a former senior manager of the Armagh footballer went on to say This goes right back to the U20s being used as guinea pigs, “Would this happen at senior inter-county level? They would hone in on a couple of people and make an example of them. He did however state that melees are not a part of the game and that he wasn’t condoning it.
McDonnell went on to say further if the appeal wasn’t successful that it will just be an easy exercise for Derry and we have to agree considering they will missing 10 players if the appeal is upheld. He went on to say to Gaelic Life ”Armagh will be represented on Ulster final day and it’s a big occasion for our county. It is a cosmetic excercise now, that is what they have succeeded in doing. It’s just a warm-up for Derry to move onto the next level.”