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Armagh give Dublin lesson in Crossmaglen 13/4/08

posted Jun 22, 2011, 12:50 PM by Kevin Brassil
15th April 2008

Armagh give Dublin lesson in Crossmaglen


Dublin will require a point from their concluding game against Meath next Sunday to secure promotion and a NFL Division 2 berth after being given a footballing lesson at Crossmaglen on Sunday.

Armagh led by two points at the break, 0-8 to 1-3, and three second half goals emphatically put Dublin to the sword while the Dubs finished with 14 men after captain Alan Brogan was dismissed on a straigh red card in the 27th minute of the second half.

The Orchard County had stretched their lead to 0-11 to 1-4 by the 42nd minute but a Dublin rally which reaped points from Bernard Brogan and a brace from Jason Sherlock suggested Paul Caffrey's men could be primed to strike for home.

However, it was a hope that was dealt a major blow when mobile midfielder Charlie Vernon drove through the heart of the Dublin defence before combining with the highly influential Ronan Clarke and blasting to the net.

Two Conal Keaney frees reduced the margin again before a Paddy McKeever free and goal from Stephen McDonnell sealed the outcome when pushing his side 2-12 to 1-9 clear with 12 minutes to go.

Stephen Kernan was left loose on the right side and when Armagh switched the play from the far wing he was afforded plenty of time and space to attack the Dublin defence before moving the ball inside to McDonnell who fired home.

With three minutes of normal time to play Clarke was rewarded for a towering full-forward display when converting Armagh's third goal. It was hotly debated by the Dublin defence who argued strongly that the ball was out of play when the big Pearse Og man fielded it before slamming to the net but it was a lesson for Dublin's struggling defence for not having played to the whistle.

Armagh, though, were full value for their nine-point victory and rebounded in style to the defeat they themselves had suffered at the hands of Meath, Dublin's opponents in their final regulation game, the last time out.

Peter McDonnell's side were better organised, their concentrated focus was better tuned and they played to a gameplan which maximised the talents of Clarke and Stephen McDonnell on the inside forward line while wing-forward Martin O'Rourke's defensive role made the Armagh defence a particularly difficult problem to solve.

Dublin's attack failed to combine with any great fluency and apart from some fine shooting from Bernard Brogan and Jason Sherlock, briefly in the second half, they were kept well under the thumb by the tough tackling Armagh rearguard.

SCORERS - Armagh: S McDonnell 1-4 (0-1f), R Clarke 1-3, P McKeever 0-3 (0-3f), C Vernon 1-0, S Kernan 0-2, T Kernan 0-1 (0-1f). Dublin: B Brogan 1-3, C Keaney 0-4 (0-4f), J Sherlock 0-2, E Fennell 0-1.
ARMAGH - P Hearty; F Moriarty, B Donaghy, P Kernan; A Kernan, A O’Rourke, C McKeever; P McGrane, C Vernon; Martin O’Rourke, P McKeever, S Kernan; S McDonnell, R Clarke, T Kernan.Subs: O McConville for T Kernan (59), G O’Neill for Clarke (inj 68), Michael O’Rourke for Martin O’Rourke (71), G Loughran for S Kernan (71).
DUBLIN - S Cluxton; D Henry (Raheny), R McConnell, D Murray; P Casey, G Brennan, C Moran; E Fennell, P Flynn; M Vaughan, B Cullen, B Brogan; C Keaney, K Bonner, J Sherlock. Subs: B Cahill for Brennan (inj 20), P Andrews for Murray (24), C Whelan (Raheny) for Flynn (ht), D Connolly for Vaughan (45), A Brogan for Bonner (50). 
REF - D Fahy (Longford).