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Wicklow pay for misses

A spate of missed frees cost Wicklow at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh as Johnny Magee's charges fell short of getting their noses ahead of Armagh at any stage, before succumbing to a 2-17 to 2-7 defeat thanks to two late goals from Jamie Clarke.

A scrambled first-half strike from John McGrath kept Wicklow in the contest, but Armagh pulled away to lead by 0-9 to 1-2 at the interval.

James Stafford's goal just a minute after his introduction kept the tie alive and reduced the gap to the bare minimum with 15 minutes to play.

However, that was to be the last score from Wicklow as Armagh closed out their win thanks to two wonderful Ethan Rafferty points and Clarke's brace.