Waterford made a good start to their match against the All-Ireland champions, but Armagh soon took control and ran out winners by 2-21 to 0-07.

Waterford started positively and were doing well to keep in contention during the first half. In fact, at one point in the first half they managed to keep Armagh scoreless for almost fifteen minutes. At half time the score was 0-11 to 0-06, with Armagh's Oisin McConville keeping Armagh slightly ahead.

In the second half Waterford opened the scoring and seemed likely to give the Orchard County a tough first round qualifier, but their efforts came unstuck when in the 13th minute Waterford's Andrew Hubbard took down Stephen McDonald in front of goal and was sent off. McConville converted the penalty. Armagh's second goal was scored by Stephen McDonald 26 minutes after some good work by the midfielders. By that stage the result was already academic and Waterford were happy to hear the final whistle.

Meanwhile in the qualifiers this evening Carlow came good in the end against a battling Wicklow side to win by 0-18 to 0-13 and Louth fell to Cavan by 2-07 to 1-12 in Navan.

Filed by Barry J Whyte