Aylward raids Orchard
DCU 2-16 Armagh 1-7
DCU overcame a ferocious start from Armagh to record 12-point win.
The Orchard County, playing with a strong breeze in the first half, struck for the game's opening goal through Ryan Gaffney.
DCU responded through James Divilly, and battled their way to a one-point interval lead. With the wind now favouring the students, Armagh found themselves under incessant pressure in the second period.
DCU rattled off seven points in a row and Mark Aylward finished it as a contest when he smashed the ball to the net.
Scorers – DCU: T French 0-6 (4fs); M Aylward 1-3 (2fs); C Egan 1-1; C Ryan; P Bolger 0-2 each; J Divilly, A Cormican 0-1 each. Armagh: M Lennon 0-4 (4fs); R Gaffney 1-1; R Fullarton 0-1 (1f) J Corvan 0-1.
DCU – P Burke; G Grace, R Lennon, J Whelan; A Cormican, P O'Carroll, E Corcoran; G Bennett, P Bolger; T French, M Aylward, C Ryan; T Brennan, J Divilly, C Egan. Subs: A Treacy for French (55), D Farrell for O'Carroll (55), J Ging for Bennett (60), D Lawlor for Ryan (65), B Furlong for Grace (67).
ARMAGH – S Doherty; C Devlin, C Clifford, D Mone; S Renaghan, N Curry, N Green; K McKernan, F Bradley; C Hannaway, R Gaffney, P Hughes; M Lennon, J Corvan, O Curry. Subs: L Wood for C Hannaway (35), R Fullarton for Curry (55), E Robb for Hughes (64).
REF – K Jones (Kildare)