Date Time Competition Season
5 June 2022 1:30 pm Sam Maguire Cup 2022

Match Report

SFC: Armagh force All-Ireland champions exit

Armagh got an impressive six-point win over rivals Tyrone today at the Athletic Grounds, progressing in the All-Ireland qualifiers as the current holders took a shock early exit from the Championship.

Despite a goal after just three minutes from Tyrone’s Conor McKenna, Armagh got into their rhythm after Aidan Nugent hit the net 10 minutes later. The hosts were the aggressor and better side in the first-half but Darren McCurry’s four points kept Tyrone just a point adrift at the break.

The second-half ebbed and flowed with bookings and scores from both sides but the Orchard County always wanted it more

A quality team performance from Kieran McGeeney’s men sees them advance to Round 2 of the qualifiers as they knocked out the champions who were simply off the pace this afternoon. Armagh were first to any 50/50’s and were far more inventive with their forward play, Aidan Nugent and Rian O’Neill starred in the first and second-half respectively.

The opening moments were quite deceptive however as Conor Mckenna rattled the net after a mix-up at the goalmouth giving the Red Hands the lead. It didn’t seem to affect the mentality of Armagh at all though, who responded with scores from Aidan Nugent and Conor O’Neill.

The next 10 minutes would prove to be a crucial phase as the home team really found their rhythm. Traditionally a forward but in goal today, Ethan Rafferty scored a brilliant point from range before Nugent grabbed Armagh’s goal following a solo run.

As Jason Duffy and Stephen Sheridan scores followed it became evident that Armagh were in the mood. Tyrone started to look quite flat and would only get two more scores in the half hour that followed Mckenna’s early goal.

However Darren McCurry did all he could for the visitors scoring four points in the next 15 minutes to miraculously leave the O’Neill county a point behind at the break. It was still anyone’s game despite the contradicting performances and Armagh were sitting on numerous yellow cards.

Sub Richard Donnelly received a black straight into the half though which didn’t help Tyrone matters as Rian O’Neill popped over some frees. Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher brought on some big names like Cathal McShane and Darragh Canavan but this had no impact and McCurry was still one of three scorers on the hour mark.

It was a predictable and gradual pull away from the Orchard County as Stefan Campbell came into the game and keeper Rafferty got a second point. Tyrone kept battling and Conn Kilpatrick and Donnelly scores tightened things back up near the end.

Armagh had enough of a cushion though in the final stages and two points from late substitute Andrew Murnin sealed a six-point win against their bitter rivals.


1Ethan Rafferty Goalkeeper 14', 51'
2James Morgan Defender 39'
3Aidan Forker Defender
4Conor O’Neill 22 Defender 10'
5Aaron McKay Defender
6Greg McCabe Defender
7Jarlath Óg Burns Defender
8Stephen Sheridan Midfielder 24'
9Ben Crealey Midfielder 20'
10Rory Grugan 23 Forward 38'
11Stefan Campbell Forward 52', 68'
18Paddy Burns 20 Defender
13Aidan Nugent 12 Forward 15'
14Rian O’Neill Forward 33', 37', 46', 54'
15Jason Duffy 24 Forward 19'
12Jemar Hall 13 Forward
16Blaine Hughes Goalkeeper
17Mark Shields 20 Defender
19Ciaran Higgins Defender
20Connaire Mackin 17 Defender
22Conor Turbitt 4 Forward 60'
23Ross McQuillan 10 Forward
24Andrew Murnin 15 Forward 72', 75'
25Justin Kieran Forward
26Cian McConville Midfielder


1Niall Morgan Goalkeeper
2Peter Teague 22 Defender
3Ronan McNamee Defender, Forward
4Padraig Hampsey Defender
5Michael McKernan Defender
6Peter Harte Defender 35'
7Rory Brennan Defender 80'
8Conn Kilpatrick Midfielder 70'
9Frank Burns 17 Defender
10Conor Meyler Forward
11Michael O’Neill 23 Forward
12Niall Sludden 19 Forward
13Darren McCurry Forward 12', 27', 30', 39', 45', 57', 69'
14Matthew Donnelly 24 Forward
15Conor McKenna 3'
16Darragh McAnenly Goalkeeper
17Darragh Canavan 9 Forward
18Ruairí Canavan Forward
19Richard Donnelly 12 Midfielder 61'
20Niall Kelly Defender
21Ben McDonnell
22Kieran McGeary 2 Defender
23Mike McGleenan 11 Forward
24Cathal McShane 14 Forward
25Johnny Munroe
26Conor Shields Forward
  • Full-time in Armagh. The hosts have deservedly won 1-16 to Tyrone's 1-10

  • 80'

    Rory Brennan booked at the death

  • 75'

    Murnin again kicks over as Armagh try to hold on

  • 72'

    Armagh sub Andrew Murnin replies, fisting over

  • 70'

    Conn Kilpatrick with a lovely score to tighten things up

  • 69'

    McCurry with another successful free

  • 68'

    Stefan Campbell with a great point as Armagh pull away nearing the end

  • 67'

    Connaire Mackin is stretchered off with a head injury. Mark Shields replaces him

  • 61'

    Ritchie Donnelly replies with a point for the O'Neill county

  • 60'

    Sub Conor Turbitt scores for Armagh

  • 57'

    McCurry kicks over again after calling a mark

  • 54'

    O'Neill fists over his fourth score

  • 52'

    Stefan Campbell makes it a five-point game with a score

  • 51'

    Traditional forward Rafferty gets his second point from goal today for Armagh

  • 49'

    The younger Canavan brother Darragh comes on for Frank Burns foe the Red Hand County

  • 49'

    O'Neill becomes the fifth booked Armagh player

  • 46'

    O'Neill scores his third free keeping Armagh ahead

  • 45'

    McCurry resumes his scoring spree with a free

  • 39'

    Sub Donnelly receives a black for the visitors having only came on. Quickly afterwards Duffy receives a yellow for McGeeney's men

  • 38'

    Grugan with a score

  • 37'

    O'Neill gets Armagh ticking again with a successful free

  • 35'

    Richard Donnelly on for Niall Sludden

  • Second-half begins. Michael McKernan booked for an incident in the first-half

  • Half-time at the Athletic Grounds and its right in the balance at 1-06 to 1-05 in favour of the home team. Armagh were the aggressor for most of the half but Darren McCurry's four points have kept Tyrone right on their heels.

  • 39'

    McCurry scores with the last kick of the half from the resulting free to leave a point between the sides

  • 38'

    Rory Grugan and James Horgan booked after a foul and altercation

  • 35'

    Peter Harte with a point back for Tyrone

  • 33'

    O'Neill gets off the mark for Armagh

  • 30'

    Kieran McGeary comes on for Peter Teague for the Red Hands

  • 30'

    McCurry again puts it over the bar to make it a two-point game

  • 27'

    McCurry gets his second score for Tyrone from a free out of the hands

  • 24'

    Stephen Sheridan kicks over for Kieran McGeeney's team

  • 20'

    Ben Crealey with a yellow after a high tackle

  • 19'

    Jason Duffy extends the home lead to three points with a score

  • 18'

    Rian O'Neill's first involvement is an effort that goes high and wide

  • 15'

    Nugent scores a goal with a wonderful solo effort to put the Orchard County in front!

  • 14'

    Armagh keeper Ethan Rafferty kicks a brilliant point from range travelling up the field

  • 12'

    Darren McCurry with a point for Tyrone

  • 10'

    Conor O'Neill scores

  • 7'

    Tyrone goalie Niall Morgan goes wide with a 45

  • 3'

    Goal after three minutes for the champions. Conor McKenna buries it after a mix up at the goalmouth

  • 2'

    Free out for Tyrone as the pushing and shoving gets a viewing early on

  • And we're underway

  • For Kieran McGeeney's Armagh, goalkeeper Ethan Rafferty starts his second Championship game. Greg McCabe who scored in the last meeting starts at 6 while star man Rian O'Neill will be in the square trying to make good of the hosts long-ball style. For the travelling All-Ireland champions, Conn Kilpatrick and Frank Burns make up the midfield while Peter Harte starts his fourth Championship match against Armagh. Last years footballer of the year Kieran McGeary is on the bench

  • 20,000 are expected at a packed Athletic Grounds for this big clash between two bitter rivals. The winner will advance to next round of the qualifiers alongside Clare, Mayo and Cork following yesterdays fixtures

  • This one expected to be a heated affair coming off the back of the sides' last meeting back in February where a brawl broke out in stoppage time as Armagh were victorious. Both teams are hoping to progress in the Championship through this qualifier after they lost respective Ulster quarter-finals to Donegal and Derry.

  • Con Sheehan here reporting the big clash between Ulster rivals Armagh and Tyrone. They go head to head at the Athletic Grounds in half an hours time in this Round 1 Qualifier

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21 year old sports journalist from Drogheda. Student at Dublin City University. Drogheda United Correspondent for FinalWhistle.ie