O'Neill inspires Orchard victory
Armagh 2-14 Cavan 1-12
Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30
An early goal from Rian O'Neill set the tone as Armagh secured an impressive win against Cavan.
Armagh's physical superiority was a major factor as they built a deserved 1-7 to 0-6 half-time lead.
Cavan were struggling in the hot conditions but a fortuitous goal by substitute James Smith on 41 minutes made it a two-point game, 1-7 to 1-9.
Captain Patrick O'Reilly left the minimum between the sides with 18 minutes left to play but that was as good as it got for Cavan as Armagh raced towards the finishing line.
SCORERS - Cavan: C Smith (0-5, 5f), J Smith (1-0), R O'Neill (0-2), S Smith, TE Donohoe, C Brady, G Smith, P O'Reilly (0-1) each. Armagh: R O'Neill (1-5, 3f, '45); J Duffy (0-4); C O'Neill (1-0); R McQuillan (0-3); E McCabe, K McAlinden (0-1) each.
Cavan: K Fitzsimons; P O'Reilly, P Meade, M Magee; D Kennedy, L Fortune, P Rogers; C Brady, J McCabe; S Smith, T E Donohoe, R O'Neill; R Curran, C Smith, E Cooney.
Subs: J Smith for E Cooney; G Smith for R Curran; C Rehill for J McCabe; C Madden for S Smith; O Pierson for R O'Neill; C Mussi for P O'Reilly.
Armagh: M Nugent; J McAlinden, B McCambridge, D Loye; C McGeary, C O'Neill, R Owens; C O'Neill, E McDonnell; R McQuillan, R O'Neill, C McConville; J Duffy, S Loye, R McSherry. Subs: M Girvan for E McDonnell; E McCabe for C O'Neill (BC); K McAlinden for C McConville; S McAlinden for R McSherry (BC).
Ref: C Mooney (Down).