Armagh 1 win away from promotion

March 16th, 2015 | Football

Armagh 1 win away from promotion

Armagh and Fermanagh continue to be neck-and-neck at the top of Division 3 of the Allianz Football League, after both maintained their unbeaten run.  Armagh lead the way in the division due to better score difference.

Armagh claimed their first league win over Clare since 1976, with a 3-11 to 1-11 victory at Cusack Park, Ennis.

A 65th-minute Tony Kernan goal proved crucial for Kieran McGeeney’s charges in a game where Clare responded strongly after a poor start.

Goals from Ethan Rafferty and Kernan helped Armagh to a 2-08 to 0-04 interval lead, but Clare fired 1-05 without reply on the restart, including a Podge Collins goal.

With 15 minutes remaining just two points separated the sides on a 2-09 to 1-10 scoreline, but Armagh finished strongly with Kernan’s second goal helping us to a six-point win.

Next up for Armagh as we continue our promotion fight is a home fixture with Louth on Saturday 28th March in Athletic Grounds at 7pm.  A win will secure our promotion and a place in the Division 3 Final to be played in Croke Park on 25th April.

Teams:
Armagh:
Paddy Morrison
Mark McConville
Charlie Vernon
Michael Murray
Andy Mallon (0-01)
Finnian Moriarity
Mark Shields
Peter Carragher
Aaron Findon
Caolan Rafferty (Capt) (0-01)
Michael McKenna (0-02 1f)
Aidan Forker (0-02)
Tony Kernan (2-01 1f)
Ethan Rafferty (1-00)
Eugene McVerry (0-01)
Subs:
Andrew Murnin (0-01) for E Rafferty (26:30) (BC)
Ciaron O’Hanlon for Mallon (44:37) (BC)
Stephen Harold (0-01) for Carragher (44:53)
Jamie Clarke (0-01 1f) for McKenna (59:42).
Brendan Donaghy for McVerry (68:41).
Clare:
Joe Hayes
Martin McMahon
Kevin Hartnett
Dean Ryan
Ciarán Russell
Gordon Kelly
Shane Hickey
Cathal O’Connor (0-02 1f)
Gary Brennan (0-02 2f)
Seán Collins (0-01)
Jamie Malone (0-03)
Shane McGrath (0-01)
Pádraic Collins
Shane Brennan (0-01)
Pat Burke (1-00).
Referee: Michael Collins (Cork).

 

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