Down thirds have missed out on a chance of making it to two cup finals this season.

Trevor Lennon's side, already through to this weekend's Strabane Cup final, lost this Junior 7 Cup semi-final tie on penalty strokes.

On another day, Down would not have needed extra time or strokes as the game would have been settled in normal time. But a number of missed chances proved costly in the end.

Cecil Telford fired Down into a 10th minute lead with a typically thunderous shot from a penalty corner which gave the 'keeper no chance. The same player could have ended the cup tie with a hat-trick but was denied by an inspirational Armagh 'keeper who kept his side in the game.

Stephen Strain also went close for the visitors, while Gavin Laverty was unlucky to see one effort flash past the wrong side of the post.

Down dominated the first half and should have went into the interval with a much healthier lead, but it wasn't to be.

The second half was just 10 minutes old when Armagh scored an equaliser when Stewart Clydesdale was beaten, having earlier made a number of saves from short corner set pieces.

In the closing stages, Armagh had a "goal" disallowed and the tie went into extra time.

Despite two 10-minute periods, neither side could break the deadlock and the tie was decided from the penalty spot.

Down failed to convert all of theirs and suffered the agony of not booking their second cup final appearance of the season.