Armagh hosted Meath in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday and while the game took ten minutes to kick into life, Armagh produced a fantastic performance to move into top spot in Division 2B.
Meath hit a number of wides in the opening ten minutes, before the first point of the game from Stephen Clynch, which was followed seconds later by an effort from Conor Corvan. Cahal Carvill and Clynch traded scores, but Armagh pushed ahead with points from Stevie Renaghan, Declan Coulter and Ryan Gaffney. A rare Meath attack led to a chance on goal from Ronan Sherlock, but Simon Doherty pulled off a great save. Armagh were sweeping up every ball from the puckout and pushed further ahead through Gaffney, Carvill and Connor Devlin, before Sherlock hit a lovely score for the Royals, after good work from Kieran McKernan to push the Meathmen away from goal. Meath went on the attack again and only for a well-timed hook from Artie McGuinness, could have pulled to within two points. Conor Corvan hit his second before Meath hit a bit of a purple patch with points from Sherlock, Adam Gannon and Joe Keena. A score from Davy Carvill put an end to the Meath mini-revival and further scores from Cahal Carvill and two from Gaffney brought Armagh in at half times seven points ahead.
HT Ard Mhacha 0-13 An Mhí 0-6
Meath opened the scoring after the break through James Toher, but the pinpoint accuracy of Ryan Gaffney continued in the second period with two early frees. Connor Devlin found himself through on goal, but opted to put the ball over the bar and Gaffney converted another to put Armagh 0-17 to 0-8 ahead. Armagh were producing some fantastic passages of play and playing super hurling, but a sweetly-hit Cahal Carvill sideline cut which sailed straight over highlighted the Armagh men’s confidence. A Meath free from Joe Keena found its way to the net with less than ten minutes to go and this was quickly followed by a couple of points, but Armagh’s dominance continued in spite of the lapse and further scores from Cahal Carvill and Ryan Gaffney ensured a comfortable win for the Orchard hurlers.
FT Ard Mhacha 0-26 An Mhí 1-10
Armagh are playing good hurling at the minute and will play their final league game next week against a strong Mayo side who sit level with Armagh and Down on six points at the top of the division. Mayo will be hoping to make up for today’s defeat against Wicklow while Armagh will hope to continue to build on their form, as they aim to reach the divisional decider. The game on Sunday 20 March throws in at 2pm. Get behind our hurlers and show them your support in the Athletic Grounds next week. Ard Mhacha abú.
Photos by John Merry