McVerry hat-trick leads Armagh rout of Leitrim
Orchard County score eight goals in 27-point victory
Eugene McVerry scored a hat-trick of goals as Armagh ran out 27-point winners over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon. Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye
Armagh 8-13 Leitrim 0-10: Armagh continued their excellent form in the qualifier series, scoring eight goals in a stunning 27-point victory over Leitrim at Carrick-on-Shannon,
Armagh had 25 points to spare over Wicklow in the first round of qualifiers, but led by a hat-trick from Eugene McVerry and two late goals from Jamie Clarke they blew Leitrim away.
McVerry wasn’t long in completing his hat-trick after the interval, with Kevin Shields and Clare’s double completing the rout.
In Saturday night’s other round two qualifiers, Wexford’s footballers needed extra-time to beat Longford 2-13 to 0-16 at Pearse Park, while Kildare beat Louth 1-19 to 0-15 at Newbridge.
Cavan ran out comfortable winners over fellow Ulster side Fermanagh, winning 1-14 to 0-10 in an ill-tempered encounter at Breffni Park that saw referee Michael Duffy send off the Fermanagh duo of Séan Quigley and Shane McCabe and Cavan’s Martin Reilly, while also handing out 12 yellow cards.