McGrane and Conaty continue to impress

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has praised the younger members of the squad, namely Peter McGrane and Oisin Conaty.

Between them, the pair contributed 1-4 of Armagh’s overall tally last weekend when they beat Cavan.

The victory, much more comfortable than anticipated, sees Armagh through to the Division One league final.

It was McGrane’s second goal of the season having also hit the net against Tyrone in the McKenna Cup.

The Ballyhegan man earned his first league score against Fermanagh in round five when Armagh won by four.

McGrane made a superb defensive block before chasing the whole way up the field to finish the move with a point.

Only Conor Tubritt and Rory Grugan have scored more than Conaty in the league. The Tir na nOg attacker has racked up 0-12 in six games.

“Peter and Oisin were superb today,” said Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney after their huge 15-point win.

“Both of them are very quick and that’s a big ‘keeper (Gary O’Rourke). There are very few forwards that slip a ball away like that, but he has been doing it all year.

“He (McGrane) has been extremely good for us. He’s a tight marker too, which is his number one job.

“The young fellas have done well, and they’re putting it up to the older boys, and showing that they want to keep those jerseys.”

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has praised the younger members of the squad, namely Peter McGrane and Oisin Conaty.
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Man-markers

McGrane is only one of the man-markers that McGeeney can now call upon. Against Fermanagh, Joe McElroy went to full back and marked Ultan Kelm.

Barry McCambridge started last weekend and held Paddy Lynch scoreless. Greg McCabe picked up Dara McVeety and won that dual.

That’s without mentioning Aidan Forker who has been Armagh’s go-to man-marker over the past few years.

McGeeney has plenty of options when it comes to plotting the downfall of the oppositions best player.

“That depends on the opposition players when you’re looking for those types of matchups,” added McGeeney.

“Dara (McVeety) is a handful any day of the week. Players always seem to get yellow cards when they’re marking him, because he’s that type of player.

“A player you don’t like when he’s playing against you, but you would love him if he was on your team. He’s a tough boy.

“I thought that Greg did a good job, and he got two scores himself. It was a good performance that we put in.”

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has praised the younger members of the squad, namely Peter McGrane and Oisin Conaty.
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