AN explosive finishing burst that was highlighted by a stunning three-point blitz from substitute Paul Carvill took Armagh to victory at the Morgan Athletic Grounds last night.
Carvill's winning score, a 50-metre free, not only edged his side to victory but negated Paul Finlay's gigantic eight-point input for the visitors.
A proliferation of errors tarnished Armagh's first-half efforts and, with Finlay in fine form, the sides were level at 0-6 each at half-time.
The dismissal of midfielder James Lavery in the 52nd minute failed to disrupt Armagh's momentum as they produced a strong finish, led by the predatory Carvill.
scorers -- Armagh: E McVerry 0-5 (3f ), P Carvill 0-3f, A Duffy 0-2, F Moriarty, D Lavery, A Duffy 0-1 each. Monaghan: P Finlay 0-8 (4f), E Duffy 0-3, S Gollogly 0-1.
Armagh -- S Hughes; B Donaghy, C Vernon, D McKenna; P Duffy, C McKeever, F Moriarty; M Mackin, J Kingham; D Lavery, B Mallon, A Duffy; R Rafferty, M O'Rourke, E McVerry. Subs: P Carragher for Swift (32 mins), C Watters for B Mallon (32), A Mallon for D Lavery (42), P Carvill for Rafferty (50).
Monaghan -- R Beggan; C O'Connell, D Hughes, D Malone; R McNally, V Corey, D Morgan; D Hughes, J Turley; M McKenna, S Gollogly, D Millar; C Hanratty, P Finlay, E Duffy. Subs: B O'Brien for McKenna (42), C McGuinness for Hanratty (60), S Smith for O'Connell (65).
REF -- M Higgins (Fermanagh).