Armagh are back on top of Division Three table on scoring difference after a convincing six-point win gave Kieran McGeeney’s side a fourth win from four outings, this time against Offaly at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
With Ethan Rafferty and Andrew Murnan impressing, Armagh were 0-4 to 0-1 up after a bright first five minutes from McGeeney’s men, but playing into the wind Offaly kept in touch as Sean Doyle and Nigel Dunne caught the eye.
A goal from Gregory McCabe seemed to put Armagh in total control, but moments later Offaly hit straight back through Doyle to make it 1-5 to 1-2 after 12 minutes.
Rafferty and Murnan split six points between them in the first half to give their side a 1-10 to 1-5 lead at the interval, and the first three points of the second period went to Armagh as midfielder Charlie Vernon, Rafferty and Niall Rowland helped the Orchard County into an eight-point advantage.
Nigel Dunne, Bernard Allen and youngster Cian Johnston did kick points for Offaly, but Rafferty’s four points helped Armagh claim a 1-15 to 1-9 victory.