Armagh established an early four-point lead thanks to Caolan Rafferty’s goal. Benny Heron grabbed a goal back for Derry but Aidan Forker and Gavin McParland rattled the net in the space of a minute as Armagh led by 3-1 to 1-2 after 23 minutes. Cailean O’Boyle fired over three unanswered scores for Derry before the break, then burst through for a goal a minute into the second half.
Three quick points saw Derry led 2-9 to 3-1, before although points from McParland and Stefan Campbell closed the margin to a goal. But a late point from Daniel Jackson eased Derry nerves as Armagh’s Forker was sent off for a second yellow card late on.
DERRY: A Warnock, K Johnston, D Dillon, J Devlin; D McGuckin, R Ferris (0-1), B Doyle; E McGuckin, A Mullan; L Moore (0-1), C O’Boyle (1-4, two frees), B Heron (1-3, one free); C McWilliams, A Devlin, C McGoldrick.
Subs: N Forrester for Mullan (34), D Jackson (0-1) for C McWilliams (57).
ARMAGH: J McCullogh, E McArdle, D McKenna, B Kelly; D Lavery, N Rowland, A Duffy; P Carragher, J Donnelly; R McGrugan (0-1, free), A Muirin, A Forker (1-0); G McParland (1-1), C Rafferty (1-0), S Campbell (0-1, free).
Subs: T McAlinden for Muirnin (42), E McVerry for Campbell (49), R McElhinney for McGoldrick (52).
Referee: S McLaughlin (Donegal).