All-Ireland Football qualifier: Laois 1-10 0-10 Armagh

Laois goalkeeper Graham Brody makes a high catch above Armagh's Niall Grimley
Armagh's poor 2016 season concluded with defeat at Portlaoise

Armagh crashed out of the All-Ireland Football Championship as a committed Laois earned a deserved 1-10 to 0-10 win at Portlaoise.

The sides were level, 1-4 to 0-7 at half-time with Conor Meredith notching the Laois goal.

However, impressive play from Brendan Quigley and Colm Begley helped Laois take control in the third quarter.

From three down, Armagh cut the margin to only one but Jamie Farrell and Ross Munnelly scores sealed Laois' victory.

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In a poor contest, defences were on top throughout, but Laois had that little bit extra, in a game where Armagh registered 10 wides.

Little separated the sides in the first half, with the game level on five occasions in the opening 35 minutes, including at the interval.

Armagh held a 0-3 to 0-2 lead after 13 minutes, following a Stefan Campbell pointed free, but Laois gained the initiative thanks to Meredith's superb goal.

Scores from Donal Kingston and David Conway opened up a two-point lead after 43 minutes as Laois took control after the break.

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The visitors were struggling for scores at this stage, and opened their second half account entering the final quarter.

The Orchard County relied heavily on scores from placed balls with substitute Joe Feeney helping cut the gap to a point with nine minutes left on the clock.

However, Laois stood firm despite losing Brendan Quigley to a black card, as Mick Lillis's charges finished strongly with points from Jamie Farrell and Ross Munnelly in injury-time.

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