Armagh and Down cruise to second league victories while Fermanagh pick up first

February 03, 2024

Down's Odhran Murdock ©INPHO/Tom Maher

Armagh picked up their second successive win in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League by brushing aside Meath this evening.

It finished 2-16 to 0-10 at the Box-It Athletic Grounds, where Cian McConville’s goal in the run up to half-time saw the home side pull away and never look back.

Meath had settled in with a decent start as Jack O’Connor’s point saw them 0-4 to 0-2 up after 15 minutes, but Kieran McGeeney’s side soon closed the gap and McConville’s strike would see them towards a 1-8 to 0-5 half-time lead.

The ball would be in the Royals’ net again two minutes into the restart via Ciaran Mackin and, from there, there’d be no catching Armagh as the points of McConville, young star Oisin Conaty and Oisin O’Neill helped them to win out by a dozen in the end and condemn their opponents to their first loss of the campaign.

In Enniskillen, Fermanagh made their goals count against Kildare to secure their first win of the Division 2 campaign on a 2-10 to 0-12 scoreline.

Declan McCusker and Sean Cassidy bagged the all-important majors for the Ernesiders, who led 1-7 to 0-4 at the halfway stage, as they sunk the Lilywhites to a second consecutive loss.

In the day’s sole Division 3 clash, Down had minimal fuss in handing Limerick a 3-16 to 0-9 defeat at Pairc Esler, Newry.

Conor Laverty’s side fell three points behind inside the opening five minutes before Odhran Murdock converted a ninth minute penalty and they’d rattle the net again in the 18th minute through Daniel Guinness.

Six minutes later and another Murdock penalty would find the Limerick net, leading the hosts towards a commanding 3-8 to 0-5 lead at the break which they weren’t going to let slip after the change of ends.

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