Grugan “first class” says McGeeney

Rory Grugan put in another “first class” display on Saturday evening as Armagh earned a draw with Cork in the final round of the league.

So many of the big moments involved the Ballymacnab playmaker, who finished with 1-3 to his name.

His second half goal was phenomenal, from an angle while he set up the first goal with a defence-splitting pass.

With Armagh a point down, it was Grugan who found Oisin Conaty for the levelling score.

“Rory’s first class and there’s very little superlatives that you can use for him that I haven’t used,” said the Armagh boss.

“He probably doesn’t get the recognition he deserves but the finish was sublime. There are very few boys could finish from that tight of an angle.

“He’s very composed on it and he puts in the work, and he puts in the time, he’s very skilful but he’s a great worker for us as well.

“He’s definitely had a good league but for these boys now it’s about pushing on. We have another big game next week and another big game two weeks after that so they’re coming thick and fast.”

Grugan was one of the more experienced heads that played against Cork. The likes of Aidan Forker and Andrew Murnin were rested.

Stefan Campbell only came on while Rian O’Neill earned his first start following cameo appearances against Donegal and Cavan.

Tiernan Kelly was another who played from the start, as did Jason Duffy. Aidan Nugent, Jarly Og Burns and Oisin O’Neill all made telling contributions when introduced.

“Getting TK (Tiernan Kelly) in there and a full 70 minutes under his belt. Rian (O’Neill) got a half too, there’s a lot of positives to take out of it as well,” added McGeeney.

Rory Grugan put in another “first class” display on Saturday evening as Armagh earned a draw with Cork in the final round of the league.
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