Monaghan fielded probably their strongest team so far in this year’s Shamrock Cup tournament and in so doing proved too potent for Armagh in this lively contest that was played in blustery and somewhat chilly conditions in Cloghan on Wednesday evening last. Monaghan got off to a great start and dominated almost the entire 1st half with 9 points on the board after 25 minutes and Armagh yet to score. Monaghan led at half-time by 0-10 to 0-1 and while Armagh fared a little better in the 2nd half and Monaghan down to 14 players 2 minutes after the resumption with the dismissal of Barry Kerr, the Orchard lads still lacked the firepower to close the gap. Teams and Scorers: Monaghan: Jack Kirk, Colm Lennon, Mikey Murnaghan, Robert Berg, Niall Kearns 0-1, James Mealiff, Barry Kerr, Shane Woods 0-1, David McAlister 0-4 (3f), Stephen McCabe 0-3, Fergal Hanratty, Stephen Finnegan, Jamie Walsh, Francis Maguire 0-2, James Wilson 1-2. Subs used: James Daly for F Hanratty, Padraig Finnan for D McAllister, Dermot Gleeson for F Maguire, Mickey Tierney for J Wilson.
Armagh: James Carragher, Brendan Haveron, David O’Hagan, Shea Loughran, Conor Farrell 0-1, Fergus Quinn 0-1, Conor Keenan, Paul Quinn, Charlie Magill, Shea Hoey, Jack Rafferty, Aaron Duffy, Jason Duffy 1-3 (0-1f), Adam Kelly, Caolan Donaghy 0-1. Subs used: Paul Quinn, Mark McCabe, Conor Farrell, Caoimhin Robinson, Adrian Kelly, Michael McNamee.