Wicklow show no mercy
Wicklow 4-20 Armagh1-12
Wicklow welcomed an understrength Armagh team and sent them home again to mull over a convincing defeat.
The home defence was especially good in the first half against a strong wind and Warren Kavanagh punctuated his excellent display with two second-half points. Even when Wicklow's defence was breached and they conceded penalties in each half, Robert Fitzgerald was on hand to make spectacular saves.
Wicklow had a dream start when Andy O'Brien won and converted a penalty after five minutes and while Armagh were competitive, Wicklow were always in control.
The visitors got within a point on the half-hour mark following Dylan McKenna's goal but Wicklow hit another 1-2 before the end of the half and led by 3-8 to 1-9 at half-time.
Armagh could only score three points in the second half while Wicklow used the wind to send out a statement of intent for league honours.
Scorers - Wicklow: A O'Brien 2-7 (1-0 pen, 5f); A Byrne 2-3; G O'Brien 0-3; D Staunton, W Kavanagh 0-2 each; S Kelly, S Germaine, J Connors 0-1 each. Armagh: C McAnallen 0-8 (7f); D McKenna 1-0; E McGuinness, N Green, C Laverty, D Grant 0-1 each.
Wicklow - R Fitzgerald 9; M O'Brien 6, B Cuddihy 8, E Byrne 7; G Byrne 7, W Kavanagh 8, J Henderson 7; S Kelly 8, J Connors 7; P Doyle 7, A Byrne 8, S Germaine 7; E McCormack 7, A O'Brien 7, G O'Brien 7. Subs: M Verney 8 for M O'Brien (25), D Staunton 7 for E McCormack (33), J Byrne 7 for P Doyle, C Moorehouse Jr 7 for J Connors (both 56), G Connors for G O'Brien (69).
Armagh - S Doherty 6; C Clifford 6, A McGuinness 6, C Rice 7; C Laverty 7, S Renaghan 6, G McKeown 7; O McCann 6, B Short 7; P McGrane 6, N Green 7, E McGuinness 6; D McGee 6, D McKenna 7, C McAnallen 7. Subs: D McCreesh 6 for P McGrane (51), P Quinn 6 for D McKenna (60), D Grant 6 for C McAnallen (63).
Ref - T Walsh (Waterford)