Defending champions Donegal are out of the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup.

This afternoon they were beaten by Armagh in Healy Park, Omagh.

Rory Grugan scored a point from play two minutes from the end of normal time to put Armagh into a 0-14 to 1-10 lead, and it proved to be the decisive score.

Armagh opened the scoring in the first half through Grugan before Donegal got four unanswered points to tie the sides at 0-4 apiece after 21 minutes.

Jason McGee then got a goal for Donegal but they only managed to tag on one more point, from Jamie Brennan, while Armagh responded with a flurry of points towards the end of the first half and at break the Orchard County led by 0-9 to 1-5.

It was end to end stuff in the second half with Donegal having more possession, even though they were playing against the breeze.

Armagh were the more defensively minded in blustery conditions.

With 15 minutes to go, the sides were level - Donegal 1-9, Armagh 0-12.

Stephen Sheridan pointed from play to put Armagh ahead with under ten minutes left but Jamie Brennan equalised to keep the game in the melting pot.

However, Grugan got the winning point to defeat the youthful Donegal side.

Disappointment then for Declan Bonner's side, but Armagh were the better side on the day and probably deserved their win.

Attention now switches to the league and Donegal will open their account in Ennis against Clare at the end of the month.

Donegal will meet Armagh again in March when the sides clash Division Two of the Allianz National Football League in Ballybofey.

Armagh will face Tyrone in the Dr. McKenna Cup Final.

Tyrone beat Derry in the other semi-final by 0-13 to 1-7 in an exciting contest.

Photo: Ulster GAA.

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