Monday 19 March 2018

McGeeney: Best is yet to come

Armagh 2-19 Queen's 0-9

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney's plea to his side to step up their scoring rate in 2017 has been answered to date, but the 2002 All-Ireland winner believes there could be even better to come.

In overwhelming Queen's by a 16-point margin yesterday, the Orchard County set up a showdown with this year's Ulster championship opponents Down on Wednesday, which McGeeney believes will provide him with a further insight into his side.

"We took most of our scoring chances in this game, even though it was hard to break them down in the first 20 minutes," declared McGeeney.

"We now face a stiff test against Down, but the team is doing what we are asking them to do, although we want to get even more scores if we can."

SCORERS - Armagh: E Rafferty 1-3 (1f), A Duffy 1-2, O MacIomhair 0-3 (1f), A Forker, C White, R Grugan (1f) 0-2 each, J Clarke (1f), N Grimley, J Hall, S Sheridan, B Crealey 0-1 each. Queen's: M Clarke 0-4 (1f), A McClements (1f), B McCann 0-2 each, A Morgan 0-1.

Armagh - P Morrison; J Magill, C Vernon, O Lappin; A Forker, N Rowland, C Higgins; S Sheridan, A Findon; B Crealey, C White, R Grugan, A Duffy,E Rafferty, O MacIomhair. Subs: J Clarke for Crealey (53), N Grimley for Findon (54), J Hall for Grugan (61), D Carr for Higgins (63), D McKenna for Sheridan (65), J McCarron for Forker (72.) Yellow cards: Grimley (60), White (73).

Queen's - J O'Hare; R Wells, A Rushe, F Quinn; S Heffron, J McMahon, C Francis; A Doherty, D McKeever; C McCartan, M Clarke, A Morgan, J Dowling, A McClements, C Harney. Subs: S Fox for Harney, B McCann for Dowling (both h-t), N Keenan for Wells (45), A Fegan for Doherty (52), R Finn for Heffron, O Hamill for Rushe (both 60), M McNamee for Morgan (65).

REF - Anthony Marron (Monaghan)

Irish Independent

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