Armagh 2-12 Roscommon 0-12: Orchard players deliver for Kieran McGeeney on emotional day

McGeeney, who captained Armagh to their only All-Ireland triumph in 2022, will now lead his players into the semi-final for the first time – and at the 10th time of asking.

However, the Mullaghbawn man was not overly enamoured with his side’s display having played against a 14-man team for more than half of the game following Ruaidhri Fallon’s first-half dismissal.

“It was probably our worst performance in Croke Park but I suppose from the fellas’ point of view it probably shows how far they’ve come on and the way they can play,” said McGeeney, who has kept belief in his side even after a series of gut-wrenching penalty shootout defeats.

“We’ve played much better, our skills were poor. Going forward today we missed a lot of chances. With the extra man [Roscommon’s Ruaidhr Fallon was sent off just before the break] we could have made it a lot easier.

“In saying that, Barry McCambridge, TJ [Tiernan] Kelly, Oisin Conaty were among a lot good performances.

“I’m delighted for the fellas, it’s a bit of a monkey off their back and hopefully they’ll go out the next day and really express themselves.”

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