Armagh edge out impressive Laois with late winner
Ryan Henderson struck with the last kick of the ball to snatch the winner for Armagh after a hugely entertaining game at Portlaoise.
It was very hard luck on the hosts who were outstanding in the second half but a tally of 11 wides to their opponents five proved costly in the end.
Steven McDonnell kicked six points in the opening half but it wasn't until the sending off of Vincie Martin in the 26th minute that Armagh really moved up a gear.
Scorers -- Armagh: S McDonnell 0-7(2fs, 1 45); R Henderson 0-3; A Kernan (f), J Lavery, M Mackin 0-1 each. Laois: MJ Tierney 0-3(fs); D Kingston (1f), C Healy 0-2 each P Lawlor, P O'Leary, C Begley, B Sheehan, D Strong 0-1 each.
Armagh: P McEvoy; A Mallon, B Donaghy, P Duffy; A Kernan, C McKeever, F Moriarity; J Lavery, K Toner; J Feeney, M Mackin, K Dyas; R Henderson, S McDonnell, R Clarke. Subs: V Martin for Dyas inj (21); B Mallon for Clarke (62); M McNamee for Mackin (68); R Austin for Lavery (70)
Laois: M Dowling; J Scully, M Timmons, P McMahon; D Strong, C Healy, C Begley; B Quigley, C Óg Greene; P O'Leary, K Meaney, N Donoher; MJ Tierney, P Lawlor, B Sheehan. Subs: D Kingston for Lawlor (ht); C Rogers for Donoher (58); D Rooney for Greene (58)
Referee: R Hickey (Clare)