Monaghan's season drew to an early close as Armagh bounced back from their Ulster semi-final defeat to Cavan to record a comprehensive round 2 qualifier win in Clones.

Malachy O'Rourke tendered his resignation post-match bringing an end to a seven-year reign in charge of the Farney men.

The 2018 All-Ireland semi-finalists were second best for large periods of the contest, and despite being level six times in the opening period, Kieran McGeeney’s side led by a point at the interval despite playing into the wind.

The Orchard County upped the tempo after the break, and Rian O’Neill’s 50th minute goal pushed them into a 1-14 to 0-10 lead.

Monagahn, who had already lost Kieran Duffy to a black card at this stage, were always chasing the game and O’Neill raised a second green flag nine minutes later to effectively end the contest, with Jack McCarron claiming a consolation goal late on.

Armagh: B Hughes; A McKay, P Burns, A Forker (0-1); M Sheilds (0-1), B Donaghy (0-1), P Hughes (0-1); N Grimley (0-1), J Óg Burns (0-2); S Campbell (0-1), A Nugent (0-1), J Hall (0-2); J Clarke (0-3, two frees), R O’Neill (2-1), A Murnin (0-1).

Subs: R Grugan for Murnin (41 mins), C Vernon (0-1) for McKay (68 mins), C Duffy for Nugent (71 mins), J McElroy for Burns (74 mins).

Monaghan: R Beggan (0-2, two 45’s); K Duffy, C Boyle, R Wylie; K O’Connell, V Corey, D Ward (0-1); N Kearns, K Hughes (0-1); F Kelly, C McCarthy, R McAnespie; J McCarron (1-1), C McManus (0-6, four frees), M Brannigan (0-1).

Subs: D Wylie for Duffy (black card, 46 mins), S O’Hanlon for Bannigan, D Mone for McCarthy (both 51 mins), S Carey for McAnespie (53 mins), B McGinn for Kearns (58 mins).

Referee: Ciaran Branigan (Down).