Monday 11 December 2017

Leitrim v Armagh Game at a Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Eugene McVerry (Armagh)

While Jamie Clarke and Tony Kernan made a considerable impact on the game, scoring 3-8 between them, a hat-trick in championship football is rare and McVerry's tally was the icing on the cake for Armagh.

TURNING POINT

McVerry's opening goal after 10 minutes was a killer blow for an already fragile Leitrim, who lost forward Paddy McGowan to injury in the opening minutes and never recovered.

TALKING POINT

This was as bad as it gets for Leitrim, who were humiliated by a rampant, merciless Armagh side. Following two facile victories so far in the qualifiers, Armagh supporters will be hoping their luck holds out in the draw as they progress to the business end of the championship season.

REF WATCH

Fergal Kelly had little to do other than oversee a mauling, although he took no lip from either side.

MAGIC MOMENT

McVerry's third goal early in the second half involved three players in the build-up and was typical of the collective strength of the Armagh attack.

WHAT THEY SAID

Paul Grimley (Armagh manager):

"We're in the draw on Monday morning. No, I did not think it would be that easy but Leitrim were ravaged by injuries, suspensions and emigration so you must factor that into the result."

Barney Breen (Leitrim co-manager):

"We're devastated, we had hoped to get off to a good start but once the first couple of goals went in we were fighting all the time. I am tremendously proud of their commitment and dedication."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Armagh 7 (4 first half)

Leitrim 9 (4)

YELLOW CARDS

Armagh 2 (S Campbell 60, J Morgan 67)

Leitrim 2 (S McWeeney 66, B Prior 69)

RED CARDS

Armagh 0, Leitrim 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Armagh go to Round 3 of the qualifiers while a season that was full of promise for Leitrim ends in devastating fashion.

Irish Independent

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