Monaghan’s Dr.McKenna Cup campaign came to an end after a dramatic one point defeat to Armagh.
Malachy O’Rourke’s side lost out 1-9 to 0-13 points in the Athletic Ground, finishing second in section B with three points. A point behind second best runner-up Derry.
Monaghan led by a goal at half-time 1-5 to 0-5, Mark Shields opening the scoring with a point before Jack McCarron slotted home a penalty all within the opening three minutes.
Free’s from McCarron and Thomas Kerr plus David Garland from play opened up a 1-3 to 0-1 lead for the Farney County by the 14th minute.
Armagh battled their way back into the game with McCarron send over a point from play to keep distance between the sides.
Stefan Campbell reduced the deficit to two points two minutes before the break before Rory Beggan’s free saw the half-time score 1-5 to 0-5.
Armagh shot out of the blocks in the second half with two Niall Grimley scores, one a free and a Aidan Forker point from play leveling the score.
Grimley’s point moving Armagh into the lead on 43 minutes. Jack McCarron’s free two minutes later restoring parity.
The teams exchanged scores with Jamie Clarke point cancelled out by another Rory Beggan free on 48 minutes. Another Beggan free four minutes later restored Monaghan’s lead.
It was the last time Monaghan would lead as Ryan Kennedy and then Rian O’Neill made it 0-12 to 1-8 in Armagh’s favour.
Vinney Corey’s equaliser from play had Monaghan back in the contest but Stefan Campbell’s point 12 minutes from the end was enough to see Armagh home 0-13 to 1-9.
Monaghan: Rory Beggan, John McCarron (Dessie Mone 61), Kieran Duffy, Ryan Wylie, James Mealiff, Barry Kerr, Gavin Doogan (Drew Wylie 61), Fintan Kelly, Conor Boyle, Thomas Kerr (Micheál Bannigan 58), Jack McCarron, Owen Duffy (Darren Freeman 45), David Garland, Darren Freeman, Stephen O’Hanlon
Scorers: Jack McCarron 1-3 2f, Rory Beggan 0-3 3f, David Garland, Vinny Corey both 0-1, Thomas Kerr 0-1 1f