Thursday 22 March 2018

Pacy Savage stars for Down

DOWN 0-11 ARMAGH 1-5

Down beat Armagh at the Athletic Grounds much more easily than the scoreline might suggest.

Aiden Forker drilled a free into the back of the net for a last-minute goal for Armagh, but they were flattered by the three-point defeat.

Down led by 0-7 to 0-1 at half-time and were unlucky not to be further ahead, such was their dominance.

Michael Monan scored twice from play while full-forward Danny Savage, whose pace caused problems, scored from frees and play.

Armagh were shocking and and only managed a solitary point from Eddie English in the 15th minute.

Their captain Forker did score a point seconds after the restart, but Down did not have to get out of second gear.

Armagh were 0-10 to 0-2 down after 40 minutes and, despite Forker's late strike, the result was never in doubt.

Scorers – Down: D Savage 0-3 (2fs), D O'Hanlon (1f), M Monan 0-2 each, R O'Hare, R Johnston, J Johnston, S McArdle 0-1 each. Armagh: A Forker 1-1, N McConville 0-2, J Hall, E English 0-1 each.

DOWN – M Cunningham; R Lively, M Hughes, D Murtagh; R Johnston, C McCartan, D O'Hanlon; C Gough, C Maginn; J Johnston, M Bagnall, S McArdle; M Monan, D Savage, R O'Hare. Subs: D Gilmore for O'Hare (24), N Madine for Monan (53), P Murdock for McArdle (56)

ARMAGH – C McKeown; R McCaughley, D Mullan, R Finnegan; P Crilly, J King, D O'Neill; E Rafferty, P Carragher; S McCoy, N McConville, M McKenna; E English, A Forker, J Hall. Subs: P Burns for Mullan (h-t), C Cumiskey for McCoy (h-t), A Findon for Carragher (h-t), R Rafferty for English (37), N Grimley for McKenna (60)

REF –S McNamee (Tyrone)

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