McGeeney praises “fantastic” fans

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has praised the “fantastic support” provided by the Orchard following in Carrick-on-Shannon.

They final few minutes, with the game on a knife-edge, ‘Geezer’ believes the Armagh fans helped get his side the win.

Armagh’s one-point victory over Galway saw the Orchard County top their group and advance to the quarter-finals.

It was Armagh’s first ever championship win over the Tribesmen. And sets up back-to-back quarter-final appearances for the first time since 2006.

We had fantastic support here from the Armagh supporters,” said Armagh’s 2002 All-Ireland winning captain.

“In the last couple of minutes when we needed that extra sort of buzz, we had them shouting and roaring.

“It was great to see them coming down. They’re good supporters, full of positivity and helping us cross the line.”

McGeeney paid tribute to the Armagh fanbase, but also noted how happy the players and management team were to provide another big day out for the supporters.

Armagh are in the last eight of the All-Ireland series, although their opponents won’t be known until next Monday.

“I’ve been around Armagh 40 years almost and you can see the same people coming and they want you to do well.

“They’re really pushing. Armagh haven’t been the team that people maybe think or hoped they were in the past.

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“But any type of positivity and support they can give you they do. It means a lot for us, but I suppose the players and the management group, we’re delighted for them.

“You could see the happiness in the faces of the supporters knowing they’re going back to Croke Park.”

Should Tyrone and Galway qualify from the preliminary quarter-finals, they Armagh won’t be able to meet them in the last eight.

That means that Armagh could possibly play the winners of either Cork and Roscommon or Monaghan and Kildare. Armagh haven’t featured in an All-Ireland semi-final since 2005.