“While this was a satisfying result, there are areas we need to work on,” insists former Waterford ace Flynn.
By half-time at Crossmaglen, Down had victory within their grasp when they led by 0-12 to 0-5 with Paul Braniff to the fore with his accurate finishing. And when substitute Donal Hughes pounced for a goal to complement a further raft of points from Gareth Johnston and James Coyle, Armagh’s resistance crumbled despite an opportunist goal from David Carville and nine points from Declan Coulter.
DOWN: S Keith; M Conlon, P Flynn, P Hughes; C Coulter, B Toner, M Hughes; M Ennis, C Woods; S Nicholson, P Braniff (0-8, 3f 2-65s), K McGarry (0-1); D Toner (0-1), G Johnson (0-4), J Coyle (0-5),
Subs: F Conway for M Hughes (half-time), D Hughes (1-1) for K McGarry (half-time), E Clarke for D Toner (56), C Flynn for C Coulter (62).
ARMAGH: J Burke; C Devlin, C Clifford, B Breen; K McKernan, N Curry, T Donnelly; J Corvan, F Bradley; D Carvill (1-0), D Coulter (0-9, 5f 1-65), R Fullerton; C Corvan, C Reid, C Carvill (0-2).
Subs: Michael Lennon for R Fullerton (29 mins), Matthew Lennon for C Reid (48), P Hughes for T Donnelly (56), M Garvey for F Bradley (58).
Referee: E Hassan (Derry).