Armagh’s Man of the Match vs Down

Who was Armagh’s Man of the Match in their ten-point triumph over Down in Sunday’s Ulster Championship semi-final?

21 players saw game time for Kieran McGeeney’s side as they qualified for the Ulster final where they’ll face Derry.

Ethan Rafferty

Got on a couple of forays up the field but other than that the big Grange man had little to do between the sticks.

Conor O’Neill

A superb performance from O’Neill, capped off with a brilliantly taken point in the first half.

Aaron McKay

Extremely assured under the high ball and any aerial passing Down put into the Armagh square, McKay dealt with them.

Aidan Forker

Always so composed in position and Forker stormed forward to open Armagh’s account with a great score.

Ciaran Mackin

Knocked home Rian O’Neill long ball into the square to record his first ever goal in the championship.

Greg McCabe

As always, McCabe was defensively sound and helped the Orchard County keep the Down attack at bay.

Jarly Og Burns

Eventually got to grips with Ryan Johnston, who started well. Burns showed great pace in attack and got forward at every opportunity.

Ben Crealey

Had a decent start to the game but was replaced by Connaire Mackin before half time due to an injury.

Shane McPartlan

His first half major will live long in the memory. The Clan na Gael man galloped through the Down defence and smashed home Armagh’s second goal.

Jason Duffy

Duffy worked up and down the field, as he usually does, but chipped in with two scores as well hit the crossbar twice.

Jemar Hall

Put in another big shift before being replaced and Hall also tagged on a score at the start of the second half.

Rian O’Neill

His goal (and celebration) was one of the highlights of the game. Took a lot of attention but kept his composure and had a big say in the game.

Rory Grugan

Grugan chipped in with a pointed free and put in a lot of hard yards throughout the 70 minutes of action.

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Andrew Murnin

Another outstanding performance from the St Paul’s attacker. Punched home Armagh first goal and hit a point as well.

Conor Turbitt

Didn’t have the same impact as the previous games, which he dominated. He was replaced in the second period by Aidan Nugent.

Connaire Mackin

Came into the middle of the park for his first appearance since the second round of the league. Performed well.

Ross McQuillan

Entered the fray for the final 20 minutes and saw plenty of possession come through his hands.

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Stefan Campbell

A surprising obmission from the starting line-up, Campbell hit a point and set up Rian O’Neill’s goal. A great impact off the bench.

Aidan Nugent

Fired over his first score of the Ulster Championship this season after coming on for Turbitt.

Oisin Conaty

Made his competitive debut for Armagh and got on plenty of ball. Could have had a score as well.

Callum Cumiskey

Cumiskey raised a white flag after coming off the bench, replacing Ciaran Mackin late on.