Armagh are through to meet Dublin in the All-Ireland football semi-final after a 1-16 to 0-17 victory over Sligo in Navan this evening. There was little between the sides in the first half, which ended with Armagh leading by 0-10 to 0-08. That lead was quickly increased immediately after the restart however as 19-year-old Queens University student, Ronan Clarke gave his side a 6-point advantage with a point and a goal within a minute of each other.

Oisin McConville added to that lead with another point and Sligo looked dead and buried as they followed up with three wides in succession. Jerry McGowan began a Sligo fightback with a point though and the impressive Dessie Sloyne sent over his fifth point of the game to give the Sligo faithful hope.

It was nip and tuck after that as Sligo rallied and by the 62nd minute there was only four points separating the sides when Sloyan and McPartland pointed. That gap was closed to two points towards the end but the Orchard men hung on and survived a late penalty claim to book their place in the semi-final against Dublin.

Filed by Johnny Proby