Laszlo Geczo/INPHO Murnin's goal proved crucial as Armagh came out on top.
Orchard Delight
Murnin goal the crucial score as Armagh augment promotion with silverware at HQ
Kieran McGeeney’s side got the better of Fermanagh in the Division 3 final this afternoon.

Armagh 1-16
Fermanagh 0-17

Daragh Ó Conchúir reports from Croke Park

A 54TH MINUTE GOAL by Andrew Murnin was the crucial score as Armagh confirmed their advancement to the second tier of the Allianz Football League as Division 3 champions.

Murnin was exceptional throughout but he won’t ever get an easier score, scooping to an empty net from about two metres, after Gregory McCabe contested Ben Crealey’s delivery with Fermanagh goalkeeper Patrick Cadden.

Fermanagh were heavily reliant on the free-taking of Séamus Quigley for scores but such was the indiscipline of the Armagh defence, there were plenty opportunities and he finished with nine points, all from set kicks.

Points from Aidan Forker, Murnin and Niall Grimley helped Armagh establish an early two-point lead but with Quigley, Declan McCusker and Conal Jones finding the target at the other end, Fermanagh were able to move ahead.

It was nip and tuck from there to the break and they went in level on 0-8 apiece.

Lively substitute Ryan McShane, Murnin and Patrick Burns helped Kieran McGeeney’s Orchard men move three clear and though Quigley reduced that by one, it looked curtains when Murnin raised the green flag.

Barry Mulrone tackled by Brendan Donaghy Laszlo Geczo / INPHO Laszlo Geczo / INPHO / INPHO

Fermanagh have plenty of steel though and Ryan and Conall Jones kept them in touch, only for Armagh to make sure of the win with points from McShane and Grimley.

Rory Gallagher’s crew made it interesting in the four minutes of injury time, kicking the last three points through Tomás Corrigan, Conall Jones and Barry Mulrone but Armagh held out.

Scorers for Armagh: A Murnin 1-3; N Grimley 0-4(3fs); P Burns, A Forker, R McShane 0-2 each; B Crealey, G McCabe, N Rowland 0-1 each.

Scorers for Fermanagh: Seamus Quigley 0-9(fs); C Jones 0-3; R Jones 0-2; D McCusker, T Corrigan, B Mulrone 0-1.


B Hughes

P Burns
A McKay
C Mackin

N Rowland
B Donaghy
G McCabe

S Sheridan
C Vernon

B Crealey
A Forker
N Grimley

R Grugan
A Murnin
E Rafferty


R McShane for Vernon inj (33)
G McParland for Rafferty (47)
K Dyas for Rowland (60)
O Mac Íomhar for Grugan (70)
R Owens for Mackin (70+2)


P Cadden

M Jones
C Cullen
E McHugh

B Mulrone
D McCusker
J McMahon

E Donnelly
R Jones

T Clarke
C McGee
A Breen

Seán Quigley
C Jones
Séamus Quigley.


C Corrigan for Seán Quigley BC (4)
K Connor for McHugh (ht)
R Corrigan for McGee (41)
E Maguire for McMahon (64)

Referee: J Molloy (Galway)

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