Armagh beaten heavily by All Ireland Champions in Dublin

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Sunday, March 11th, 2012
Sport

Armagh’s impressive opening results seem like a distant memory for their fans as they have now lost two in a row. Today’s game was a big ask for the Orchard County and a repeat of their success in Tralee was certainly not on the cards as Dublin won by 16 points.

Dublin came out all guns blazing and found the net twice inside nine minutes with Diarmuid Connolly and Tomas Quinn scoring. The visitors could have found themselves conceding a third goal but for Philip McEvoy pulling off a diving save to deny Eamonn Fennell. Armagh scored some fine points in the first half but they were few and far between, with Connolly netting for a second time and Dublin flying high, the half time score read 3-07 to 0-05 in the home side’s favour.

Any sort of comeback looked impossible, but the Armagh men tried their best early on in the second half as Mallon and Forker hit points and Caolan Rafferty found the back of the net. Dublin however showed their All Ireland winning quality and went on to hit 1-4 in the space of 10 minutes. The Dubs were reduced to 14 men late on when Philly McMahon saw red, however the result was very much taken care off.

The result means that Armagh sit third from bottom in the league, with Dublin and Down jumping above them. Surviving relegation will be on Paddy O’Rourke’s mind, however the impressive results over Cork and Kerry in the opening two games may stand by Armagh. Final score in Croke Park, Dublin 4-17 Armagh 1-10.


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