McKenna punishes Donegal red cards
Armagh 2-14 Donegal 1-8
Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30
Armagh pulled away from 13-man Donegal in the second half to secure victory in Letterkenny.
Goals in either half by Conor Corvan and Dillon McKenna handed Sylvester McConnell's team the win.
Donegal had Paddy Hannigan and Joe Boyle sent off in the second half and the absence of a few key men proved fatal for Ardal McDermott's hosts.
Hannigan fired Donegal ahead with a goal in the 11th minute after Ronan McDermott picked him out with a long ball, but Armagh hit back instantly through Corvan.
Armagh led 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time, with Ryan Gaffney's frees a feature. Eight minutes into the second half, Hannigan and Armagh full-back Adam Toal saw red for an off-the-ball clash.
A second Armagh goal put paid to Donegal's hopes as sub McKenna tapped home after Cahal Carvill's piercing run.
Boyle was sent off late on for Donegal, who have a lengthy injury list. Gaffney kept the scoreboard ticking for Armagh.
Scorers - Armagh: R Gaffney 0-8 (6f), C Corvan 1-2, D McKenna 1-0, S Keenan, J Corvan, D Coulter, J King 0-1 each. Donegal: L Henderson 0-6 (6f), P Hannigan 1-0, J Boyle, S McVeigh 0-1 each.
Armagh - S Doherty 6; C Clifford 7, A Toal 6, S Keenan 6; J King 6, N Curry 6, C Toner 6; K McKernan 7, E McGuinness 7; D Coulter 7, D Carvill 6, R Gaffney 8; C Corvan 8, J Corvan 7, C Carvill 7. Subs: D McKenna 7 for Keenan (h-t), T Nevin 6 for Toal (62), O Curry 5 for C.Corvan (68), P McBrien 5 for King (70), L Woods 5 for McGuinness (70).
Donegal - P Burns 6; M McGrath 6, C McDermott 6, P Doherty 6; J O'Loughlin 5, J Boyle 6, N Cleary 6; C Matthewson 7, P Sheridan 6; B Lafferty 6, P Nelson 7, S McVeigh 7; L Henderson 7, P Hannigan 6, R McDermott 6. Subs: G Browne 6 for O'Loughlin (20), S Gallen 6 for McGrath (32), S Doherty 6 for Nelson (58), S Gillespie 5 for R.McDermott (59).
Ref - C Cunning (Antrim).