Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 24 April 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match

James Stafford (Wicklow)

So many contenders from Wicklow, but despite Seanie Furlong's goals, the vote goes to midfielder James Stafford for an inspiring display in the engine room.

Turning point

There were two -- Seanie Furlong's first goal late in the second half, and his second late in extra time. Sensational moments and just when Armagh thought they had the job done.

Talking point

How will Armagh fancy a trip to the lion's den that is Aughrim? In their wildest dreams this was not where they expected to be next Saturday.

Ref watch

Pat Fox's big decision was to allow Seanie Furlong take too many steps for the first goal. That will incense Armagh, but they got their breaks as well.

What they said

Mick O'Dwyer (Wicklow manager):

"When the heart can stand up to that, that heart of mine must be pretty good, even though I've had stents fitted. I enjoyed every moment of it."

Paddy O'Rourke (Armagh manager):

"We looked to have had the match won in normal time and extra-time but we weren't able to close it out and made mistakes to let them back in."

Match statistics

Wides: Armagh 11 aet, 7 (2) at end of normal time; Wicklow 12 aet, 11 (5) at end of normal time.

Frees: Armagh 18 aet, 13 (6) at end of normal time; Wicklow 31 aet, 30 (12) at end of normal time.

Yellow cards: Armagh 3 (J Murtagh 64, J Hanratty 81, J Clarke 88); Wicklow 3 (T Hannon 51, L Glynn 69, A Byrne 88)

Attendance: 6,491

What next?

The two teams have to do it all over again at Aughrim on Saturday.

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