Armagh hit top form in the second half of a disappointing encounter to eventually overpower Fermanagh on a  2-12 to 1-07 scoreline in today's Bank of Ireland Ulster Senior Football Championship opener in Clones. 

The sides looked closely matched after the initial exchanges, with Oisin McConville and Steve McDonnell having their scores cancelled out by efforts from Eamonn Sherry and Mark Little.

McConville grabbed his second point after 17 minutes and Armagh seized the initiative.

Martin O'Rourke and Clarke added further points while Fermanagh floundered in midfield.

Niall Tinney made a breathtaking save from Paul McGrane after 30 minutes to keep Fermanagh’s aspirations alive.  

Those hopes received a major boost with the introduction of the influential Rory Gallagher.

He set up Owens for his first point after 33 minute and a minute later he surged through the Armagh defence to shoot past Paul Hearty.

Remarkably, the Ernemen trailed by just a single point at the interval.

A frenzied restart saw McConville engineer Armagh’s first goal. His sublime cross was met by Clarke who soared high to fist past Tinney.

Mallon grabbed Armagh's second goal after 57 minutes.

Armagh were impressive for long stages, although manager Joe Kiernan will be disappointed by his side’s 22 wides.