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Summary

  1. Result: Down 0-15 Armagh 2-07
  2. Down will face Cavan or Monaghan
  3. Minor result: Down 2-13 Armagh 2-11
  4. Down to play Cavan in Minor semi-final

Live Reporting

By John Haughey and Ruairi Cunningham

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

Well after three opening one-sided games, we finally got a contest in the Ulster Football Championship.

Granted, it's unlikely we were looking at teams today who are going to be involved in the business end in Ulster let alone the All-Ireland series, but we happily settled for a passionate derby battle that was up for grabs right until the final kick at Pairc Esler.

You can read more about where the game was won and lost in our match report.

We're back on text commentary duty at next Sunday's final Ulster quarter-final between Cavan and Monaghan at Breffni Park. We hope you join us again then.

The fans have their say on Down's win over Armagh

The Championship: Fans View

Burns lauds Down's discipline and resolve

"The game plan we set out, we stuck to it very well although we had a couple of setbacks in the first half with the Armagh goals.

"In the second half when Armagh came at us very strongly, we were very disciplined and very organised and very strong in the tackle.

"Before we went out, we asked the boys to battle hard and they did that."

Down manager Eamon Burns

Late bout of wrestling 'stupid' - McConville

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

We want to see passion on the field and we encourage a certain amount of it but those scenes near the end went on far too long. They didn't look good and were just silly.

Down 'end 25 years of hurt' - McKernan

"We dedicate that win to the Down players who fell against Armagh. We got the right men on the ball in the second half and the guys who came on, people like Barry O'Hagan and Dave McKibbin, did brilliantly for us."

Kevin McKernan

Down boss Burns 'got it right' - McConville

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

Eamon Burns has taken a lot of flack over the last year and I gave him quite a lot of flack but he got his tactics right today. Today is about him and he deserves a lot of credit.

Down 'totally deserved win' - Clarke

Martin Clarke

BBC Sport NI pundit

Down were by far the better team today and totally deserved their win.

McConville praises 'manly Down'

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

Down produced a very manly performance today. After all they have gone through over the past couple of years, you have to give them a lot of credit. But from Armagh's perspective, it is going to be very hard to regroup from this defeat. This one will really hurt as they completely fell away in the second half after looking so dangerous in the first half.

Full-time: Down 0-15 Armagh 2-07

After tempers eventually calm, Jamie Clarke knows he has to go for goal from the 13-metre free but his effort flies over the bar as Down's entire team are massed near their goal-line. There is time for one more high ball to be lumped into the Down square but the home side hold on for a deserved win.

Full-time

Down win by two points against neighbours Armagh
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Down win by two points against neighbours Armagh

That's ugly!

Several players from both sides square up to each other as an unseemly bout of wrestling breaks out in the final seconds of the contest. That happened after Down's McKernan blatantly hauled down Armagh's Niall McParland. McKernan duly receives a black card and and several other yellow cards are dished out. Referee Conor Lane initially flashes a red card at Armagh's Joe McElroy but then changes his mind. The referee appears to have mistakenly thought that McElroy had earlier received a yellow card.

Down 0-15 Armagh 2-06

Down sub Dave McKibbin points a free to restore the margin to three again. We're in the sixth minute of injury-time.

Down 0-14 Armagh 2-06

Niall McParland points an Armagh free in the fourth minute of injury-time. There has been a delay of nearly two minutes in injury-time because of an injury to Down's Kevin McKernan so we could have another three or four minutes of action. Two between the sides.

Down 0-14 Armagh 2-05

Frantically chasing a goal, Armagh take a quick free but Brendan Donaghy's weak shot is gathered easily by Michael Cunningham. We're in the second minute of five in injury-time.

Down 0-14 Armagh 2-05

What has happened to Armagh in the second half? Aidan Forker hits the side netting from close range after they attempt to walk the ball into the net. Moments later, Jamie Clarke and Niall Grimley are both off target with attempts at points. Two minutes of normal time left. Down still three ahead.

Down 0-14 Armagh 2-05

After a couple of bad Down misses, Barry O'Hagan strokes over a fine score from near the right sideline to increase the Mourne County's lead to three. A big fist pump shows what that score meant to the substitute. Seven minutes left.

Down 0-13 2-05 Armagh

Darragh O'Hanlon has a free from 35 metres to increase Down's lead to three again but pulls his shot badly wide. Armagh have lost their way but Down are squandering opportunities to take firm control of the game. The Orchard County have scored one point in the opening 24 minutes of the second half.

Down debutant Doherty black carded

Down debutant Anthony Doherty is black carded for a hand trip on Jamie Clarke. Niall McParland replaces Doherty.

Murnin impressive for Armagh

Down 0-13 Armagh 2-05

Andrew Murnin netted Armagh's second goal and was also inches away from another three-pointer just before half-time.

Armagh's Andrew Murnin in action against Down
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Armagh's Andrew Murnin in action against Down

Down 0-13 Armagh 2-05

Substitute Anto Duffy strokes over a vital point from Armagh to cut Down's lead to two. A delay then follows as Down's Niall Donnelly suffers a leg injury after Niall Grimley accidentally steps on him following an aerial duel.

Mark Shields celebrates his first-half goal for Armagh
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Mark Shields celebrates his first-half goal for Armagh

Down 0-13 Armagh 2-04

Conor Maginn charges towards Armagh's goal before fisting over another Down point. That's four unanswered Down points since the resumption.

Down 0-12 Armagh 2-04

Caolan Mooney floats over a marvellous Down point from near the right touchline. Down now two ahead in the 45th minute after making much the better start to the second half.

Substitution

Grimley replaces Charlie Vernon for Armagh

Armagh make the first change of the match with Niall Grimley replacing Charlie Vernon. Armagh haven't really fired yet in the second half after looking so dangerous for most of the first period.

Down 0-11 2-04 Armagh

After a bit of a lull at the start of the second half with a couple of missed Down long-range frees, Darragh O'Hanlon points a free and then a superb score from play to put the Mournemen a point ahead. We're in the 42nd minute.

Action resumes in Newry

Down 0-09 Armagh 2-04

After catching our breath at half-time, the action resumes at Pairc Esler.

Clogher set-up is hub for whole community

The local GAA club is regarded as the hub of the community in the County Tyrone village of Clogher.

Members have worked hard to develop facilities like a walking trail and gym which are available to all local people, not just the GAA players.

Clogher was used as a training base by the Tyrone senior county side when they won three All-Irelands - in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Clogher set-up is is hub for whole community

The Championship: Half-time analysis

That's exactly what we needed!

The Championship: Half-time analysis That's exactly what we needed!

Doherty's fingertips denied Armagh third goal

Martin Clarke and Oisin McConville have spotted at half-time in the studio that Down debutant Anthony Doherty tipped Murnin's goalbound shot just before half-time on to the upright. It could prove a vital intervention by the new boy.

McConville hails 'brilliant game'

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

It's been a fantastic contest. Just what the Ulster Championship needed. Armagh had five goal chances in that first half. The Armagh full-forward line has looked very dangerous.

Half-time: Down 0-09 Armagh 2-04

Armagh go in one ahead at the break as Stephen Sheridan lofts over a magnificent score from distance.

Close! Armagh inches away from another goal

Down 0-09 Armagh 2-03

Andrew Murnin is inches away from his second goal as his shot comes back off the upright after another mazy run from Jamie Clarke.

Down 0-09 Armagh 2-03

Shay Millar levels from play as the frantic and frenetic nature of the contest continues. A couple of minutes from half-time now.

Down 0-08 2-03 Armagh

The scores are flying over here in Newry. An Aidan Forker score is cancelled out by a Darragh O'Hagan Down point before Paul Hughes and Connaire Harrison then repeat the doses at either end. The upshot of it all is that Armagh remain a point ahead. Down's defence is looking decidedly shaky now when the Jamie Clarke-inspired attack is running at them.

A big crowd in the house

Down 0-06 Armagh 2-01

The sense that the Ulster Championship is finally taking off today after a turgid couple of opening weeks is only increased by the big turnout of 16,168 at Pairc Esler.

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Another Armagh goal

Down 0-06 Armagh 2-01

What did I say about goal chances coming thick and fast? Armagh rattle in a second goal on 22 minutes as Andrew Murnin slots in from close range after Stefan Campbell's initial shot is blocked. Charlie Vernon was involved in the move before Jamie Clarke delivered a superb pass to a charging Campbell.

Down 0-06 Armagh 1-01

The goals chances are coming thick and fast here as Down's Connaire Harrison is denied by Blaine Hughes but the Mourne forward atones somewhat a minute later as he points from play.

Down 0-05 Armagh 1-01

Ryan Johnston points a Down free but Armagh have another glorious goal chance moments later as Aaron McKay blasts over the bar from close range after a superb long ball from Paul Hughes.