All 16 Intermediate teams opened their championship accounts at the weekend and there were some big scores posted across the games.
Tir na nOg recorded the biggest tally of the weekend as they fired 4-12 past Whitecross on Sunday afternoon.
St Patrick’s and St Paul’s also put up eye-catching scores as they both hit 1-17 in their opening round wins.
Cullyhanna had the best defensive record of the first round as well. They held neighbours Belleek to 0-7 as they saw out a comfortable 13-point winning margin.
Tir na nOg sharpshooter Oisin Conaty, who burst onto the county scene this season, was the top scorer of round one.
The former Portadown FC player finished with 2-4 against Whitecross, with 2-3 of that tally coming from play.
Whitecross were well in the game in the second half but Conaty’s three-pointers put some daylight between the teams.
2021 IFC winners Carrickcruppen recorded an opening day triumph over Forkhill on Friday evening.
An Eoin Woods goal was the defining score in the game and Woods top scored for ‘Cruppen with 1-5.
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That sees him sit in second place in the top scorer chart, with Keady’s James O’Hara placed just behind him.
O’Hara nailed 0-7 for Simon McGeary’s men as they completed an incredible comeback to draw with Culloville.
Jamie Haughey hit 1-3 as Wolfe Tones beat Cross IIs while Oisin MacIomhair’s 0-6 wasn’t enough for Annaghmore to get something from Pearse Og.
Six players all finished the weekend with five points to their name, including Cullyhanna duo Aidan Nugent and Jason Duffy.
Duffy hit the only goal of the game and scored 1-2 while Armagh’s joint-captain Nugent nailed 0-5.
Gavin Conlon and Mark McKeever recorded the same tally of 0-5 as Tullysaran beat Middletown.
Vincy Brady was responsible for 1-2 and his goal was the difference for the Ogs against Annaghmore. Andrew Murnin claimed 1-2 as St Paul’s overcame Derrynoose.