Thursday 18 December 2014

Armagh see off Meath to book place in All-Ireland quarter finals

ARMAGH 0-18  MEATH 0-13

Published 02/08/2014 | 18:47

Armagh's Aaron Findon (centre) passes the ball to team-mate Tony Kernan ( left) with support from Stefan Campbell (right)  in action against Shane O'Rourke and Andrew Tormey of Meath
Armagh's Aaron Findon (centre) passes the ball to team-mate Tony Kernan ( left) with support from Stefan Campbell (right) in action against Shane O'Rourke and Andrew Tormey of Meath

Armagh clinched their place in Monday's draw for the All-Ireland quarter-finals when they out-fought a gallant Meath side in an absorbing qualifier at Croke Park.

This was Armagh's fifth successive match on the road, after trips to Clones (twice) to play Monaghan, then to Omagh where they beat Tyrone and then to Hyde Park where they saw off Roscommon.

On a slippery surface, Armagh remained sure-footed in their team performance and had the superior firepower to see off Meath's challenge.

They led 0-8 to 0-2 just five minutes before half time, but Meath scored five points in quick succession to bring the interval score to 0-8 to 0-7 in Armagh's favour.

The sides were level at 0-10 each within five minutes of the re-start.

Graham Reilly, David Bray and goalie Paddy O'Rourke from a free got points for Meath, but they were quickly answered by two scores from Aaron and Tony Kernan.

Armagh refused to be disheartened and pushed ahead with further scores by Aaron Kernan, Mark Shields, Kevin Dyas (two) and Stefan Campbell to lead by five and they never looked back after that.

Scorers - Armagh: T Kernan (2f), A Forker, S Campbell 0-3 each; A Kernan, B Mallon 0-2 each; M Shields, K Carragher, J Clarke, K Dyas, S Forker 0-1 each. Meath: M Newman 0-4 (3fs, 1 '45'); G Reilly 0-3; D Bray (1f), P O'Rourke (2f) 0-2 each; D Carroll, A Tormey 0-1 each.

Armagh: P McEvoy; J Morgan, C Vernon, A Mallon; M Shields, B Donaghy, A Kernan; S Harold, A Findon; S Campbell, T Kernan, A Forker; K Carragher, K Dyas, J Clarke. Subs: M Murray for Morgan (h-t); R Grugan for Carragher (56); B Mallon for Forker (inj 60); S Forker for T Kernan (68); F Moriarty for Donaghy (69).

Meath: P O'Rourke; D Keoghan,M Burke, D Tobin; D Carroll, B Menton; S O'Rourke, A Flanagan; B Meade, B McMahon, A Tormey; D Bray, S Bray, M Newman. Subs: G Reilly for Meade (31); E Harrington for Carroll (52); D McDonagh for S Bray (58); J Wallace for D Bray (61); P Gilsenan for McDonagh (inj 63); B Meade for S O'Rourke (65).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare).

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