Kieran Donaghy’s history with Armagh

The former Kerry great will be brought in as part of Armagh’s management team for 2021.

‘Star’ has a background in basketball and this knowledge is likely key to his role in the Orchard County set up.

Kieran Donaghy proved to be one of the best full forwards of his generation and his link up play with Colm Cooper brought plenty of success to the Kingdom.

Donaghy played on the 2011 International Rules side that defeated Australia 130 to 65 across two games.

Kieran McGeeney was part of Anthony Tohill’s management team that year while Ciaran McKeever was the sides vice-captain.

The four-time All-Ireland winner played against Armagh three times throughout his career, once in the Championship back in 2006.

2006: Armagh 1-13 Kerry 3-15 (All-Ireland Quarter Final)

The great Armagh team of the noughties were perhaps slightly on the slide by the time these sides clashed in 2006.

You couldn’t have told in the first period though. Steven McDonnell’s first half goal allowed Armagh to lead 1-7 to 1-5 at the interval.

The star attraction for Kerry was their giant full forward Kieran Donaghy, but he had been well tied up by Francie Bellew.

Kieran McGeeney dropped back from midfield to deny long balls into Donaghy and everything seemed to be going to plan.

But Donaghy only needed one chance. He rose above his Crossmaglen marker and captured a long ball from Sean O’Sullivan.

The youngster blasted the ball past Paul Hearty and kickstarted Kerry’s dominance after the restart to win by eight points.

2011: Armagh 1-9 Kerry 1-13 (NFL Round 5)

Armagh welcomed the Kingdom to the Athletic Grounds for their round five clash of the National Football League.

The sides were tied at the interval 1-4 to 0-7 with Kieran Toner hitting the only goal of the opening half.

Brendan Donaghy was stationed on the edge of the square and went toe-to-toe with his namesake Kieran, holding him scoreless.

Steven McDonnell top scored for the home side with 0-5 (3f) throughout, while Bryan Sheehan did likewise for Kerry with 0-4 (4f).

While Kieran Donaghy failed to score, Kerry did enough in the second half to pick up maximum points with Darren O’Sullivan rattling the net for his side.

2012: Kerry 0-10 Armagh 2-8 (NFL Round 2)

Armagh made an incredible start to the 2012 league campaign, drawing with All-Ireland champions Cork before travelling to Kerry and picking up maximum points.

Aidan Forker had chalked up 0-4 (2f) by the full-time whistle while Kieran Donaghy once again failed to score.

Brendan Donaghy once more was placed at full back to pick up the Austin Stacks man and done brilliantly.

Brian Mallon rattled the net in the first half while John Kingham punched home a goal to guarantee an impressive win for Paddy O’Rourke’s side.