Wednesday 17 January 2018

Orchard 'on a roll'

Armagh captain Rory Grugan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Armagh captain Rory Grugan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

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Armagh captain Rory Grugan believes that tough defeats have served to make the Orchard County a force to be reckoned with.

Armagh pulled away in the closing stages to secure a 1-12 to 1-7 victory over Westmeath at the weekend and they face Tipperary in Round 3B of the qualifiers on Saturday. Kieran McGeeney's side were knocked out of the Ulster quarter-final by Down buut after qualifier wins against Fermanagh and Westmeath the Grugan says Armagh are on a roll.

"Most players would say that they think this is the closest the team has ever been," said Grugan. "But probably this year we have carried a bigger squad than we have ever done and ironically we are closer than we have ever been through that.

"There is a real good bond and a lot of young players came in this year and injected a new bit of blood in."

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