Football League Division 3: Armagh 2-08 0-13 Tipperary

Jamie Clarke and Miceal McKenna show their relief after Armagh's win over Tipperary
Armagh fought back to earn a fortunate Division 3 win over Tipperary at the Athletic Grounds

Two late Jamie Clarke points helped Armagh snatch victory over Tipperary in the Division 3 Football League opener.

Tipp were angered by David Coldrick's awarding of a penalty on the stroke of half-time which Clarke slammed home.

The goal put Armagh 1-4 to 0-4 up and while Tipp regained the lead, a Mark Shields goal put Armagh ahead again after Robbie Kiely was red carded.

Five straight points put Tipp two ahead but a Miceal McKenna point and Clarke's two scores ensured the final twist.

Clarke had scored Antrim's opening three points as they moved into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead before two Conor Sweeney points helped Tipperary level the contest at 0-4 to 0-4.

The visitors wasted a glorious chance to notch the opening goal of the game when Brian Fox blasted wide with only Armagh's league debutant goalkeeper Tim Harney to beat.

And while Armagh had the bulk of the first-half possession, Tipperary looked to possess the greater scoring potential when they did venture into opposition territory.

Armagh's remaining Allianz Football League Division Three fixtures
DateOpponentVenue
Sunday, 8 FebruaryWexfordWexford Park
Sunday, 1 MarchLimerickGaelic Grounds
Saturday, 7 MarchFermanaghAthletic Grounds
Sunday, 15 MarchClareCusack Park, Ennis
Saturday, 28 MarchLouthAthletic Grounds
Sunday, 5 AprilSligoMarkievicz Park

However, Armagh were handed a break in first-half injury-time as referee Coldrick awarded a soft penalty after Aaron Findon appeared to have lost possession before tumbling to the ground.

Clarke took full advantage as he sent keeper Evan Comerford the wrong way from the penalty.

Tipperary regrouped with four unanswered points after the restart with impressive midfielder Colin O'Riordan notching two of the scores.

The visitors then suffered a blow as Kiely was red carded following an off-the-ball incident which had left Stefan Campbell on the ground.

Armagh looked to be exploiting their numerical advantage as a levelling Aidan Forker point was followed by Shields's superb goal to put them three ahead.

However after Campbell missed another goal chance, Tipperary suddenly regained control as they hit five straight points as O'Riordan and Stephen O'Brien began to dominate around midfield.

O'Brien hit two of the Tipperary points during their period of supremacy and they missed other chances to extend their advantage.

As so often happens, the visitors paid for failing to put the opposition away and after McKenna's 70th-minute point left the minimum between the teams, Clarke struck two glorious points in injury-time to seal the home team's victory.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESULTS

SATURDAY

Division One

Tyrone 0-09 1-13 Monaghan

Donegal 1-15 0-12 Derry

Division Three

Fermanagh 0-16 0-07 Louth

Division Four

Waterford 0-14 0-10 Wicklow

SUNDAY

Division One

Cork 1-15 0-16 Dublin

Kerry 0-10 2-11 Mayo

Division Two

Galway 2-13 1-12 Meath

Roscommon 1-11 0-14 Cavan

Westmeath 1-12 0-10 Laois

Kildare 1-15 3-13 Down

Division Three

Clare 1-16 0-05 Wexford

Limerick 0-14 1-09 Sligo

Armagh 2-08 0-13 Tipperary

Division Four

London 1-02 0-09 Offaly

Leitrim 0-15 1-12 Longford

Antrim 1-12 0-15 Carlow

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