Armagh advanced to Round 2 of the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Championship Qualifiers thanks to a 1-14 to 1-9 victory over Antrim at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening.
A Mark McKeever goal nine minutes into the contest gave the Orchard County the foundation they needed to ensure victory.
There had been little to choose between the teams at that stage with the sides level at 0-2 a piece when McKeever struck.
Two further points from McKeever, as well as strikes from Caolan Reavey and Oisin King gave Armagh the upper hand as the half progressed. Antrim were reliant on the free taking ability of Rian Lennon as the sides went in 1-10 to 0-4 at the break.
Ciaran McKeever’s young charges began the second half well and added further two points, before a Callum Higgins goal offered Antrim some hope. Further points from Rian Lennon close the gap still more.
But Armagh were able to tag on points when needed and kept the Saffrons at arms length to claim a five point win at the final whistle.
Victory means Armagh must travel to Ballybofey next weekend to take on Donegal.
For the full draw and fixture details see www.ulster.gaa.ie/ulsterchampionship2019/minor-football/