Armagh Senior Footballers opened up their Allianz Football League Roinn 3 campaign with a victory over Sligo.
Kieran McGeeney’s side raced out of the blocks and led 0-10 to 0-02 at half time playing with a stiff breeze.
Goals from Andrew Murnin and Ethan Rafferty put sligo to the sword as Armagh continued to dominate the game in the 2nd half to run out comfortable winners.
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 now travel to Mullingar next Sunday to take on Westmeath.
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).
Pictures by James McCann