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Gavin O’Hagan’s accuracy from frees coupled with three points from Conor Beirne were damage limitation contributions on a day when little went right for Leitrim (stock photo)

Gavin O’Hagan’s accuracy from frees coupled with three points from Conor Beirne were damage limitation contributions on a day when little went right for Leitrim (stock photo)

Gavin O’Hagan’s accuracy from frees coupled with three points from Conor Beirne were damage limitation contributions on a day when little went right for Leitrim (stock photo)

Experience allied to a healthy work-rate took Armagh comfortably past Leitrim in this tame Nicky Rackard Cup encounter at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.

Armagh looked business-like in the first quarter, driving forward at every opportunity and quickly transferring their possession into points even allowing for the fact that they shot eight wides in the opening 15 minutes.

Marty Moan and Conor Corvan led the surge and at 0-6 to 0-2 the home side began to look comfortable.

Conor Beirne and Gavin O'Hagan sustained Leitrim's resistance by each landing a brace.

But when Armagh moved into overdrive approaching the interval, Nathan Curry in particular triggered an explosive home team scoring burst which elicited seven points without response.

The home side moved down again after the break but Curry's extended accuracy from frees allied to an opportunist goal from substitute Seán Toal ensured that Armagh were rarely troubled.

Gavin O'Hagan's accuracy from frees coupled with three points from Conor Beirne were damage limitation contributions on a day when little went right for Leitrim.

Scorers - Armagh: N Curry (7f) 0-8; M Moan 0-4; S Toal 1-0; P McBride, C Corvan 0-3 each; O Curry, E McGuinness, C Devlin 0-1 each. Leitrim: G O'Hagan (6f, 1 '65) 0-8; C Beirne 0-3; E Moreton 0-1.

Armagh - S Doherty; P Quinn, McGuinness, O Curry; K McKernan, A Fox, T Nevin; P McBride, S Renaghan; C Devlin, N Curry, C Corvan; M Moan, E McGuinness, S Harvey. Subs: D Magee for Harvey (h-t), S Toal for Renaghan (45), D McKenna for McGuinness (66), P Kelly for O Curry (65).

Leitrim - M O'Brien; S Goldrick, C Beirne, P Lenehan; E Moreton, D McGovern, M Feeney; L Moreton, C French; J McNabola, J Ward, B Murray; G O'Hagan , A McDermott, C McGuire. Subs: S O'Riordan for McNabola (44), Poniard for McGuire (46), P Early for French (56), Z Moradi for O'Hagan (68).

Ref - C McDonald (Antrim)


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