The reputation of the Ulster Championship as being a series of giant-killings has taken another battering this weekend as Monaghan’s 1-21 to 0-14 win over Fermanagh (10 points) was bettered by Armagh’s thumping win over Antrim in Sunday’s quarter-final, the Orchard men winning 4-15 to 0-14.
Calls have been sounded to mix up the summer Championships and move away from the provincial system, but from next weekend on the margins should become a lot tighter when Tyrone face Cavan and Donegal host Derry in the second set of quarter-finals.
Armagh hit four goals to decimate Antrim, who had won promotion from Division Four this year, but the gulf was just as alarming as it had been 24 hours earlier when Division One Monaghan put Division Three Fermanagh to the sword.
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has praised Monaghan’s work rate ahead of their semi-final, putting it almost on a par with Dublin.
“Their work ethic and work rate for each other is probably the best there is out there outside of Dublin,” he said of Seamus McEnaney’s men.
"I know they are in transition but the players who are bringing are dynamite. Young O’Hanlon, that type of pace coming into a squad, the two wing backs, there’s serious pace through the team and we know our energy has to change over the next two weeks.”