Published Monday, 09 June 2014
There were scrappy scenes before Sunday's game at the Athletic Grounds. (© Presseye)
The incident happened as the players lined out for the traditional pre-match procession, with most of the players on each side getting involved.
Referee Marty Duffy did not take direct action against any player as a result of the melee, although the GAA appear likely to launch an investigation into the incident.
Cavan's Martin Dunne also appeared to pick up an injury during the fighting and was replaced in the starting line-up before the game eventually got underway.
The match itself was a fairly one-sided affair, with Armagh responding to Eugene Keating's two converted frees with five unanswered scores to lead by three at the break.
It was more one-way traffic in the second half, with scores from Ethan Rafferty, Mark Shields and Aaron Kernan further extending Armagh's lead before David Givney stemmed the flow with a quick-fire brace of points for the visitors.
However a goal from Caolan Rafferty midway through the second period effectively killed the game as a contest, and three further points secured a 1-12 to 0-9 victory for the Orchard County to secure their progress into the last four.
Players could face sanctions after the ugly scenes.
The Armagh and Cavan County Boards have both said they will cooperate fully with the investigation.
On Monday the Armagh County Board said: "We will be making no comment on what happened yesterday until an investigation has been carried out. They intend to co-operate fully with that investigation.
The Ulster Council has also declined to comment. They say they will wait until the referee's report.
Paul Grimley's side will now face either Monaghan or Tyrone in the semi-finals on 28 June.
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