ARMAGH'S long-serving goalkeeper Paul Hearty has announced his retirement from intercounty football, writes Jackie Cahill.
The Crossmaglen Rangers clubman, who won a sixth AIB All-Ireland club medal recently, revealed his decision last night.
Hearty said: "After 12 great years I have decided to retire from intercounty football. It's a hard decision but I feel the correct one."
Hearty will turn 34 next month and was understudy to Benny Tierney in 2002 when Armagh won the All-Ireland SFC crown. Hearty's departure leaves Dromintee goalkeeper Philip McEvoy with a clear run for the number one shirt as Armagh look forward to a glamour Ulster SFC quarter-final showdown with old rivals Tyrone on June 10.
Hearty's departure follows Stevie McDonnell's recent announcement that he is to retire from the Armagh set-up.