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Armagh eventually show their dominance to get by Wicklow, Wexford prevail
The Model County proved too good for Down.

Updated at 21.03

Armagh 2-17

Wicklow 2-7

ARMAGH ARE THROUGH to Round 2B of the All-Ireland football Qualifiers but Kieran McGeeney’s men didn’t have it all their own way at the Athletic Grounds this afternoon.

Two years ago, the Orchard County ran out 25-point winners over the same opposition but the margins were much tighter this time around with the home side only sealing victory thanks to a run of 2-3 without reply in the closing stages.

It looked like it would be a much easier afternoon for Armagh when they raced into a four point lead while Wicklow had to wait 19 minutes for their opening score. However, five minutes later the sides were level after John McGrath raised the first green flag of the game before Paul Cronin clipped over a point from a close-range free.

Armagh closed out the half much the stronger with Jamie Clarke key in establishing a four point lead at the break, 0-8 to 1-2.

The sides traded scores to begin the second half but James Stafford made an immediate impression when he found the back of the net within minutes of coming on to make it a one point game, 0-14 to 2-7.

Armagh finally showed their superiority in the final five minutes of the game as they outscored their guests 2-3 to no score thanks to a pair of goals from Clarke to see out the game.

Wexford 2-16

Down 2-11

Stephan Kane saves from Kevin O'Grady Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

(Down goalkeeper Stephan Kane saves from Wexford’s Kevin O’Grady)

Wexford proved too good for Down, winning 2-16 to 2-11 at Innovate Wexford Park in this evening’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier.

A goal from Jerome Johnston occurred amid a lively opening, which saw Down earn a 1-3 to 0-3 lead, before a Ciaran Lyng free helped his side draw level.

Further scores from Tiernan Rossiter and Kieran Butler subsequently enabled the home side to secure a 0-9 to 1-4 half-time lead.

Wexford pulled further ahead after the break, with points from Michael O’Regan and Kevin O’Grady extending their advantage.

Two quick-fire goals from the Rossiter brothers then looked to have won it for the hosts, after they capitalised on poor Down defending, however a swift response in the form of a goal from substitute Arthur McConville gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.

Another point Donal O’Hare increased chances of a dramatic comeback, but Conor Garvey was sent off late on for an off-the-ball incident, as Wexford held on for a five-point win.

Louth 1-16

Leitrim 0-11

Colm Judge and Niall Woods Ciaran Culligan / INPHO Ciaran Culligan / INPHO / INPHO

(Louth’s Colm Judge and Niall Woods of Leitrim)

Louth earned a comfortable 1-16 to 0-11 victory over Leitrim in the All-Ireland SFC qualifier at Gaelic Grounds tonight.

The result did not appear so clear cut after a finely balanced first-half however, with points from James Califf, Colm Judge and Ryan Burns helping their side to secure a narrow 0-11 to 0-8 lead at the break.

Nevertheless, the outcome seldom looked in doubt after Conor Grimes’ goal in the second half put Louth 1-13 to 0-9 ahead.

Points from Danny Beck and Kevin Conlan kept Leitrim’s faint hopes alive, but additional scores by Grimes, Declan Byrne and Tommy Durnin ultimately sealed a convincing win for their side.

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