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Kieran McGeeney's Armagh exit the championship at the hands of Galway

Galway 1-12 Armagh 0-12

Published 12/07/2015 | 17:06

12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, celebrates after scoring the first goal against Armagh with team-mate Michael Lundy. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, celebrates after scoring the first goal against Armagh with team-mate Michael Lundy. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, celebrates after scoring the first goal against Armagh with team-mate Michael Lundy. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, celebrates after scoring the first goal against Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, in action against Andy Mallon, left, Aidan Forker and Brendan Donaghy, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Paul Conroy, Galway, scores from a free against Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Cathal Sweeney, Galway, in action against Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker, 11, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Gareth Bradshaw, Galway, in action against Ethan Rafferty, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Brendan Donaghy, Armagh, in action against Gary Sice, Galway. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, in action against Charlie Vernon, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, in action against Charlie Vernon, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Aidan Forker, Armagh, in action against Gareth Bradshaw, Galway. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, scores a point under pressure from Caolan Rafferty, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, in action against Andy Mallon and Caolan Rafferty, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Damien Comer, Galway, in action against Andy Mallon and Caolan Rafferty, Armagh. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2B, Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Galway recorded their first away win in the Qualifiers since 2001 despite not scoring for the last 20 minutes of the second half in Armagh’s Athletic Grounds.

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The crucial score of the game came almost 10 minutes after the restart as Galway grabbed the game’s only goal when Paul Conroy’s free dropped short into the area and Damien Comer fisted to the net.

That score helped the visitors open a seven point lead but they wouldn’t score again as Armagh mounted a late charge.

In the end, Kieran McGeeney’s side fell just short but the Orchard had a strong penalty shout ignored by David Gough after Jamie Clarke looked to be fouled in the penalty area.

And while the introduction of fresh legs helped cut the gap to three points and make for a thrilling finale, they wouldn’t create the goal chance they needed to catch a Galway side the fell over the line in the end.

Kevin Walsh’s side picked up two black cards in injury time as they looked to see out the game.

The first half was tense and competitive. Galway landed the first two points of the game through Conroy frees but Armagh replied with three of their own with James Morgan rounding off that scoring burst after raiding forward from the half back line.

The team as were well matched from there but Kieran McGeeney’s men wouldn’t lead for the remainder of the game

Both sides were struggling to break each other down but the direct ball to the uncompromising Comer was yielding dividends and he hit two points from play.

Galway might have forced a goal after their forwards forced a turnover but Micheal Lundy’s snap shot was well smothered by Armagh goalkeeper Matthew McNeice in what was the only sight on goal for either side in the opening 35 minutes.

At the other end, Jamie Clarke hit the point of the day from an acute angle but his opportunities were limited and Galway hit three of the last four points of the half to take a 0-9 to 0-7 lead in at the break.

And while Armagh tried to close the gap in the second half the big calls and the luck went the way of the Tribesmen as they held to secure their place in tomorrow morning’s draw.

SCORERS - Galway: D Comer 1-2, P Conroy 0-4 (4f), G Sice 0-3 (2f), P Og O Griofa, D Cummins, L Silke 0-1 each.  

Armagh: E Rafferty 0-3 (2f), A Forker (1f), M McKenna 0-2 each, M Shields, J Clarke, T Kernan, J Morgan, A Murnin 0-1 each.

Armagh: M McNeice; A Mallon, C Vernon, J Morgan; M Murray, B Donaghy, S Connell; A Findon, E Rafferty; S Campbell, A Forker, C Rafferty; M McKenna, A Murnin, J Clarke SUBS: D McKenna for S Connell, T Kernan for E Rafferty, M Shields for M McKenna (all 52), S Harold for Findon (60).

Galway: B O’Donoghue; J Duane, F Hanley, C Sweeney; L Silke, G O’Donnell, G Bradshaw; F O Curraoin, T Flynn; G Sice, P Conroy, S Denvir; P Og O Griofa, D Comer, M Lundy SUBS: D Cummins for Denvir (h-t), A Varley for O Griofa (66), P Sweeney for Sice (BC 70), P Varley for C Sweeney (BC 70).

Ref: D Gough (Meath).

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