Orchard reign as Lilies bow out


Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17

Armagh booked their place in the All Ireland quarter final this coming Saturday against ulster rivals Tyrone with a hard earned win over Kildare at Croke Park on Saturday last.

Keith Cribbin got the opening score of the game but this was followed up a an Andrew Murnin point. Gavin McParland gave the Orchard a narrow one point lead, but Kevin Feely then brought the sides back on level terms. Jamie Clarke and Rory Grugan made it double scores soon after though and Kieran McGeeney’s men were in the ascendency now.

Mark Donnellan and Niall Grimley traded scores, before Aidan Forker popped up from wing back to make it 0-06 to 0-03. The scores were level on 27 minutes though, as points from Brophy, Feely and Niall Kelly brought them back into the game. Ben McCormack did manage to get the Lilywhites in front briefly but Stefan Campbell brought the sides back  on level terms. Andrew Murnin then got on the end of a Rory Grugan pass on 31 minutes to finish to the net, before the gap was out to four with another McParland point. However, Kildare had the final say off the half with Kelly splitting the posts, 1-08 to 0-08 at the interval.

The second half began with Jamie Clarke and Feely both trading scores, before McElroy registered a nice point for Armagh. Once again though Feely pointed from a free. Brophy and Keith Cribbin cut the gap to one. The sides were all square then when Daniel Flynn pointed, before Conway and Clarke traded scores. McParland kicked his third point, before Conway and Brophy brought the Lilywhites ahead once more. Grugan and Clarke then pointed as the lead switched hands once more and Clarke turned provider then when he set up Brendan Donaghy for a superb score, 1-15 to 0-16 now.

Kevin Feely pointed to cut the gap back down to one, however Ethan Rafferty scored a massive long range point on the Hogan Stand side of the field extending the lead to two points. Niall Grimley extended the lead to three and roared on by the Orchard faithful in the stands they weren’t going to lose it at the death.

Tyrone will meet Northern rivals Armagh at the same venue next Saturday evening at 5pm.

Player of the Match: Jamie Clarke