Armagh got the better of Donegal by the narrowest of margins today to set up a Dr McKenna Cup final clash with holders Tyrone next weekend.
Rory Grugan sent over what proved to be the decisive score in the Orchard County’s slender 0-14 to 1-10 penultimate stage win in Healy Park.
Despite conceding a first-half goal to Jason McGee, Kieran McGeeney’s charges took an 0-8 to 1-5 lead into the break.
The pendulum swung back and forth throughout the second-half but Grugan – who finished with three points to his name – had the final say.
Niall Grimley top scored for the winners with 0-4 (three threes) while Stefan Campbell impressed with a return of three points from play.
McGee and Jamie Brennan shared the scoring honours for Declan Bonner’s side with 1-1 and 0-4 respectively.
Armagh now turn their attention to next Saturday’s evening decider with the Red Hand County.
Armagh - B Hughes; C Mackin, R Kennedy, J Morgan; M Shields, B Donaghy, A Forker; S Sheridan (0-1), N Grimley (0-4, 3f); J Hall (0-2), R Grugan (0-3, 1f), R McShane; S Campbell (0-3), R O'Neill (0-1), J Clarke. Subs: G McCabe for A Forker, J Og Burns for R O'Neill, J McElroy for R McShane, C Vernon for J Hall, J Grugan for S Campbell.
Donegal - M A McGinley; C Ward, B McCole, C Morrison; R McHugh, T McClenaghan, P Brennan; H McFadden, J McGee (1-1); M McElhinney, N O'Donnell, C McGonagle (0-1); C Thompson (0-2), M Langan (0-2, 1f), J Brennan (0-4). Subs: E Doherty for C Morrison, P Mogan for T McClenaghan, M O'Reilly for N O'Donnell, O Gallen for M McElhinney.
Referee - P Faloon.