Armagh hurlers produced an outstanding performance and result to claim their second victory in this year’s Allianz Division 2B campaign. Armagh made the long trip to St Loman’s Park in Meath to take on a Royal side who had easily disposed of Mayo and Donegal in their previous two games. Indeed, it was the home side that got off to a strong start in the opening 15 minutes and it looked like they could run away with it. A good save from Simon Doherty in the Orchard net seemed to spur on his teammates, who settled down and started to make inroads into the game. An effort from Shea Gaffney brought the sides level, but a late score from Jack Regan, his seventh of the half, meant that it was Meath who went in at the break one point up 0-10 to 0-9.
Armagh, buoyed by their first half performance, received a further boost when top scorer Regan earned his second yellow card. However, Meath appeared to have weathered this storm and led 0-13 to 0-10 with 15 minutes to go. Armagh kept plugging away and on the 64th minute, a free from Ryan Gaffney drew the sides level at 0-14 apiece. A further score from Marty Mone put the Orchard ahead for the first time in the game. However, in a highly dramatic climax to the game, Meath looked to have secured the win with an injury time goal through substitute Michael Dunne. But the drama was far from over, as the ball was worked up the field where Lámh Dhearg clubman Conor Corvan was on hand to fire to the net and claim a super win away from home.
The performance and the nature of the win epitomises the spirit, character and work ethic of this Armagh team. With nine scorers in total across the field, team manager Sylvester McConnell will be encouraged as his charges prepare to travel to Mayo for the final game of their league campaign next Sunday. Comhghairdeas le hiománaithe Ard Mhacha agus leis an fhoireann bhainistíochta ar an toradh in éadan na Mí agus ádh mór ar an tseachtain seo chugainn i gCaisleán an Bharraigh. Well done to the Armagh hurlers and their management team on a great result today and all the best next weekend in Castlebar.
Armagh – Simon Doherty; Tiarnán Nevin, Ciarán Clifford, Conor McKee (0-2 fs); Stephen Reneghan, Nathan Curry, Pauric Hughes; Kieran McKernan (C) (0-1), Shea Gaffney (0-1); Conor Corvan (1-1), Eoin McGuinness (0-1), Cahal Carville (0-2); Martin Moan (0-3), Ryan Gaffney (0-4 fs), David Carville. Subs – Caily Gorman (0-2) for McGuinness (50), Peter McKearney for Gaffney (64), Paddy Kelly for Carville (69).