Armagh 1-16 Tyrone 1-10
Armagh comprehensively overcame All-Ireland champions Tyrone with an all-action display in the Athletic Grounds.
A sea of orange and white flooded on to the field at the final whistle as the Orchard celebrated a significant win.
After their flat performance against Donegal, Kieran McGeeney’s men were out to prove and point.
Tyrone were shockingly tame and offered little resistance to Armagh’s quality display. They did make the better start to the game.
Conor McKenna drove home a goal after pouncing on the ball following an Ethan Rafferty save.
But Armagh responded emphatically and the man between the sticks deserves special mention.
Rafferty, playing just his 6th game with the number one on his back, marched forward on two occasions to split the posts.
Stefan Campbell was another outstanding performer. The likes of Ben Crealey and Greg McCabe also starred throughout.
Nine different players got on the scoresheet, including second half substitutes Conor Turbitt and Andrew Murnin.
Armagh played with a killer instinct, showed by Aidan Nugent’s well taken first half goal.
They should have racked up a bigger deficit at the break as they were much better than the one-point gap suggests.
Rian O’Neill (3), Rory Grugan, Rafferty and Campbell opened up a six-point lead midway through the second half.
Tyrone never looked like getting the goal they badly craved. Even with the introduction of Darragh Canavan and u20 All-Ireland winner Michael McGleenan.
With the addition of ten extra minutes, following a nasty knock to Connaire Mackin who was subsequently stretchered off, Tyrone couldn’t muster up much of a reply.
Murnin claimed the final two scores of the game to erase any doubt and open up a winning six-point margin.
Armagh will now take on Donegal in the next round of the qualifiers will all the details yet to be confirmed