Any Armagh fans who dared believe that fresh from beating Kildare the previous week, their team could, just maybe take on and beat Tyrone in Croke Park on Saturday didn't have long to bask in that particular theory, as from the word go Mickey Hartes men worked up an eight point lead in scarcely 15 minutes, with the help of an early penalty conversion.

Armagh's Rory Grugan gets away from Tyrone's Séan Cavanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Rory Grugan gets away from Tyrone's Séan Cavanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Armagh's Niall Grimley got their first score from a free three minutes later but they were only able to add another three points before the half time whistle.

The game never seemed in reach for Armagh going in to the second half already seven points down but unlike many other times when the half time break spurred the team on to a nail biting finale, things just got worse.

With Tyrone dominating there were slim pickings indeed for Armagh, managing just another four points to bow out of the Championship with a final score of Tyrone 3:17 Armagh 0:8

Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Armagh team who played Tyrone at Croke Park in the Quarter Finals of the All Ireland Football Championships. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Keeping th eARmagh flags flying despite the result. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Stefan Campbell tackles Tyrones Sean Cavanagh at Saturdays Croke Park showdown. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh and Tyrone fans on Hill 16. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Stefan Campbell, Armagh chasing Peter Harte, Tyrone at Saturdays Croke Park clash. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Joe McElroy on the ball against Tyrone. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Tyrones Mickey Harte. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Kieran McGeeney watches the drama unfold at Croke PArk. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Croke Park was packed for Saturdays double header. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Charlie Vernon in action at Croke Park. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Tyrone's Niall Sludden breaks away from Armagh's Stefan Campbell at Croke PArk. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Jamie Clarke gets held back by Tyrone's Cathal McCarron. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh fans turned up in their thousands for their clash with Tyrone at Croke PArk. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Rory Grugan gets away from Tyrone's Séan Cavanagh at Croke PArk. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Oisin O'Neill fends off Tyrone's Padraig Hampsey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Ciaran McKeever in posession. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh's Ethan Rafferty and Tyrone's Darren McCurry brave the weather at Croke Park. Photograph: Columba O'Hare