Donaghy hails Campbell class

Stefan Campbell stood up when it really matter and slotted over two important scores to guarantee victory for Armagh over Monaghan.

The Clan na Gael man, lining out at centerfield, probably didn’t enough his best evening in an orange and white shirt.

But when it matter, Campbell’s class shone through and he played a massive role in guiding Armagh over the line.

His second half performance was crucial, and Campbell ultimately ended up being named as the BBC Man of the Match.

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After the game, Armagh coach Kieran Donaghy praised the class of ‘Soupy’ Campbell, and his leadership.


“Soupy’s a huge leader in that group,” said the former Kerry full forward after Armagh’s two-point victory.

“Maybe didn’t have the greatest of first halves by his own standards. You have to give a player a huge amount of credit when that’s happening. Because that’s really when character comes to the fore.

“When everything’s going well, players can do stuff where fans are oohing and aahing. But for him to do that when he wasn’t having the best of days, to come up and kick those two points was massive.

Photo Credit: John Merry

“The Armagh fans love him. I don’t think he’s let them down that often, he always comes to play,” added Donaghy. “He was a huge player for us last year and huge credit goes to him for putting in that display.

“I also thought Rian O’Neill was immense down the stretch of the game when leadership was needed. (Aidan) Nugent, Rory (Grugan), TK (Tiernan Kelly), I thought Jemar Hall was brilliant in the first half.

“He was a late call in for Callum Cumiskey and he did really well. Then picked up a yellow at half-time, and the way the game is going in this day and age, a half forward on a yellow card is tricky.”