Crossmaglen 2-22 0-3 Ballymacnab

Dwayne McParland and Stephen Kernan
Stephen Kernan tries to get around Dwayne McParland at the Athletic Grounds

Crossmaglen Rangers showed no mercy as they outclassed Ballymacnab in Sunday's Armagh SFC at the Athletic Grounds.

The defending All-Ireland champions hit seven points before Rory Grugan opened Ballymacnab's account.

Cross led 0-12 to 0-1 at the break and were 0-17 to 0-3 ahead when sub Kyle Brennan hit their first goal.

Johnny Hanratty added the second goal and the margin would have been much greater had Ballymacnab keeper Sean Hughes not made several great saves.

The Kernan brothers Stephen, Aaron and Tony were among the Cross scorers in the first half with the impressive Aaron Cunningham and Michael McNamee also slotting some fine points.

Cross led by four when Hughes made a superb save to deny Jamie Clarke and amazingly given the scorefest, Clarke did not manage a point before he was withdrawn during the second half.

Grugan's sole Ballymacnab first-half point came in the 21st minute but Cross responded with five further unanswered points before the break.

It was more of the same in the second half as Ballymacnab had no answer against a hugely impressive Cross side.

Crossmaglen's two goals came in quick succession with Brennan and Hanratty rattling the net.

Brennan was only on the pitch for 30 seconds when he blasted past the brave Hughes.

Oisin McConville was introduced as a sub late on as Cross claimed the county title for the 15th time in 16 years to set up an intriguing Ulster Club clash against St Gall's.