Qualifiers – Armagh host Tyrone

Armagh have been drawn at home against old rivals Tyrone in the opening round of the qualifiers.

The qualifiers make a return after a two-year hiatus, following the knockout structure of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Kieran McGeeney’s side lost to Donegal in the first round of the Ulster Championship by seven-points.

Tyrone also made a disappointing exit from the provincial championship. They fell at the feet of Rory Gallagher’s Derry after beating Fermanagh in the preliminary round.

Armagh meet Tyrone in the first round of the qualifiers

It’s the third time that these two will meet in the 2022 season. Armagh have won the two clashes today.

The first was round two of the McKenna Cup when the Orchard travelled to Omagh and earned a victory over their neighbours for the first time since 2014.

Goals from Jason Duffy and substitute Rory Grugan saw Armagh win by three in the end, 2-15 to 1-15.

Their league triumph was all the more impressive and was part of Armagh’s incredible start to their Division One campaign.

Armagh meet Tyrone in the first round of the qualifiers
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They’d already started with a bang, overcoming Dessie Farrell’s Dublin by five points in Croke Park.

In front of almost a full house, with a championship buzz in the air, Armagh put Tyrone to the sword once again.

First half goals from Duffy and Greg McCabe opened up an uncatchable lead. The home side won by six points, 2-14 to 0-14.

That was the famous day of the five red cards, with Tyrone picking up four while McCabe was also shown the line.

Armagh meet Tyrone in the first round of the qualifiers
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Armagh will have home advantage once again this time around as the sides meet in the championship for the first time since 2017.

That was the All-Ireland quarter final in Croker that most Armagh followers would prefer to forget.

Armagh haven’t beaten Tyrone in the championship since that day in 2014 and are going for three-in-a-row this season.

The other games are: Mayo v Monaghan, Clare v Meath, Cork v Louth