Armagh hurlers got their season back on track at a blustery Athletic Grounds on Saturday when they overcame a hard-working and determined Louth side.
After a poor showing in the first round defeat to Dún na nGall, Armagh would have been hoping to get off to a good start, but they certainly didn’t have it all their own way in the first half. David Carvill, Nathan Curry, Conor Corvan and John Corvan were on the scoreboard early on, but Louth clung on, with the help of a couple of converted frees from Diarmuid Murphy. Dylan McKenna put Armagh three ahead, before an eight minute period of very scrappy play. Louth took a hold on the game though and took advantage of the strong wind in their favour, and huge scores from half backs Paddy McCormack and Ronan Maher saw the minimum between the sides. Cahal Carvil and Maher traded scores, before a fumble in the Armagh goal gave Louth’s Gavin Kerrigan a handy goal to put his side two ahead. Scores from Cahal Carvill and David Carvill brought the sides in level at half time 0-9 to 1-6.
The second half had barely got underway when Michael Ryan swung on a Diarmuid Murphy free which dropped short and Louth finished with their second green flag. Armagh, however responded well and two scores from captain David Carvill, and one apiece for the Corvan brothers edged the home side ahead once more. Diarmuid Murphy levelled matters again before Armagh pushed ahead with David Carvill adding a further two points to his tally and Conor Corvan hitting a good score from the wing. A Donal Ryan point briefly stopped the Armagh dominance, but it wasn’t long before the Orchard put on the pressure again. Three from David Carvill, two from Conor Corvan and one for Danny Magee pushed Armagh eight clear and with Louth’s David Kettle getting on the scoreboard before the end, it was left to Armagh captain to wrap up a good day at the office for the Orchard men as he converted a free to claim a personal tally of 0-11.
Armagh: Simon Doherty, Ciarán Clifford, Artie McGuinness, David Bridges, John Corvan 0-2, Paul Gaffney, Connor Devlin, Fiachra Bradley, Nathan Curry 0-1, Cahal Carvill 0-2, David Carvill 0-11 (0-8f), Dylan McKenna 0-1, Conor Corvan 0-5, Ryan Gaffney, Danny Magee 0-1
Subs used: Peter McKearney, Dean Gaffney, Caily Gorman, Caolán Rice