McGeeney pleased with McMullen debut

Darragh McMullen made his league debut at Croke Park in Sunday’s Division Two league final against Donegal.

The Madden man was called into the starting line up as a late replacement for Barry McCambridge in defence.

McMullen feature in two games in the McKenna Cup, starting both ties against Tyrone and Derry.

But Sunday was his first real run out with the Orchard County, and he impressed Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney.

“I was very happy with Darragh McMullen, he’s only a young fella,” explained McGeeney after the game. “I know he pulled a couple wide, but he was a handful, and he was busy.

“From my out point of view, it’s good to get another young player out on the pitch and hopefully have another option in the championship.

“With the week that we’ve had, a lot of fellas just weren’t at 100%. The fact it was Croke Park and plenty of space, we all know his talent at club level.

“Plus, there’s a wee bit more protection out there in Croke Park so we just thought it’d be a good game to throw him in.

“I have to say, I thought he did very well. Probably that wee bit of nerves, he just pulled a couple of those shots wide.

“But he’s a good player and he’s going to be a great player for Armagh, so it was good to get him on the pitch.”

Impact subs

The Armagh bench made a telling impact with both Stefan Campbell and Oisin O’Neill getting on the scoresheet.

While Rian O’Neill didn’t split the posts, the Crossmaglen man looked much sharper than he has in previous weeks.

“Some of the fellas are coming back into fitness, the likes of Oisin and Rian,” added the Armagh manager.

“Soupy was sick all week and we worried that if we started him, he wouldn’t finish. We wanted a wee bit more bounce (off the bench) and he did well when he came on.”

Darragh McMullen made his league debut at Croke Park in Sunday’s Division Two league final against Donegal.
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