Armagh claim win over Tyrone in All-Ireland qualifier

Armagh's Aidan Forker and Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh
Armagh's Aidan Forker and Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh

Armagh moved into Round 3B of the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers with a 0-10 to 0-13 win over Tyrone on Sunday.

With Tony Kernan (0-4) and Jamie Clarke (0-2) doing most of their scoring in the first half, Armagh led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and had the numerical advantage following the dismissal of Tyrone defender Mattie Donnelly in the 27th minute for a second yellow card offence.

Donnelly was initially booked in an early melee, but with goalkeeper Niall Morgan pulling off a fine save from Clarke and pointing from a long-range free, Tyrone were level at 0-2 apiece early on.

Kernan slotted over a succession of frees before the break, ensuring the Orchard County went in ahead, while Tyrone also lost Ronan McNamee to concussion in the first half.

Tyrone, with Stephen O’Neill by now on the field, edged ahead by the 41st minute through a Seán Cavangh free, Andy Mallon and substitute Aaron Kernan had the visitors two ahead once again.

A pair of Darren McCurry frees dragged the Red Hands back level, but they failed to register a single score in the final 23 minutes and a Rory Grugan score from play allowed Armagh to ease home.

clear and with one foot in the next round.

“It’s devastating but you have to take that in sport,” said Tyrone’s Mickey Harte

“Losing Mattie Donnelly so early was a big blow to us, 14 against 15 is always very difficult. Armagh were better than us on the day, they scored more points than us and that’s it, they are through and we are out.”

In other qualifier action, Kildare scored an unanswered 1-6 in the last 11 minutes in Newry to progress at the expense of Down.

Jason Ryan’s side led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time but Down, inspired by Benny Coulter, fought back with five points in a row to draw level at 0-8 apiece after 43 minutes.

The sides were also level at 0-10 each but Kildare finished strongly with Tommy Moolick’s superb goal one minute from the end putting the finishing touches to the visitors’ victory.