Armagh make strong statement first up against Sligo
Kieran McGeeney’s side put game to bed in the first half
Rory Grugan scored five points from play in Armagh’s win over Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Armagh 2-17 Sligo 0-9
Armagh gave a hint that they could yet prove a formidable force in Division Three by the efficient manner in which they put away Sligo at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.
Kieran McGeeney’s side lost no time in getting into their stride and led by 0-10 to 0-2 at half-time by which stage their visitors still had not scored from play.
Stephen Coen and Adrian Marren snapped up all of Sligo’s scores between them. In contrast, Armagh had a generous spread of marksmen in their ranks, with the impressive Rafferty pocketing 1-3 and the accurate Rory Grugan converting five frees in a six-point haul.
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney lost no time in sounding a warning to his side, though, despite their impressive victory.
“I believe that Division Three will be fiercely competitive and we will have to be on our toes. There will be an edge to the Ulster rivalry with Fermanagh and Derry in there, as well as ourselves,” he said.
ARMAGH: B Hughes; P Burns, A McKay, P Hughes; N Rowland (0-1), G McCabe, M Shields (0-1); S Sheridan (0-1), C Vernon (0-1); R McShane, A Forker (0-1), R Lappin; R Grugan (0-6, five frees), A Murnin 1-0, E Rafferty 1-3.
Subs: N Grimley (0-3) for Lappin (h/t), J McElroy for McCabe (54 mins), McCabe for McElroy (56), B Crealey for McShane (59), J McElroy for Forker (67). Yellow cards: Lappin (3), Rafferty (62), Crealey (74).
SLIGO: A Devaney; L Nicholson, E McGuinness, M Gordon; K Cawley, D Cummins, G O’Kelly-Lynch; J Clarke, P O’Connor; N Ewing, F Cawley, N Murphy ; S Coen (0-3), P Hughes, A Marren 0-6 (four frees, two 45s).
Subs: C Breheny for Clarke (32 mins), L Caughan for F Cawley (44), S Carrabine for Cummins (45), Kyle Cawley for O’Connor (48). Yellow card: Ewing (73).
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).