Burns delighted to reach another Ulster decider

It was tight and it was tough, but Jarly Og Burns is delighted to have reached a second Ulster final in as many seasons.

Armagh needed a late score from Jason Duffy to seal their spot in the decider, where they’ll face Donegal.

But they didn’t have things all their own way and Down certainly asked plenty of questions of Kieran McGeeney’s men.

“They posed a lot of questions and throw up a few things we weren’t expecting,” said Burns at full time.

“But semi-finals are for winning and we’ve won it. We have plenty to work on going into the final but it’s not a bad thing.

“We probably have a lot of experience, big games coming down the stretch, being tight. We’ve played plenty of games like that, so I’d say that experience stood to us today.”

Super subs

Duffy was one of three substitutes that came on late in the game to sway the result in Armagh’s favour.

Oisin O’Neill, Aidan Nugent and finally Duffy all split the posts to see Armagh win by the minimum of margins.

“It’s the type of game Down play,” said the Silverbridge man, who made his championship debut against Down back in 2019.

“It’s energy sapping and they try and suck the energy from you so more importantly, it was really about getting the bench on with the legs and finishing it off for us, thankfully they did.”

After the hurt of losing last year’s Ulster decider via a penalty shootout, Armagh can now right those wrongs in two weeks’ time.

“We’re looking forward to it, we looked forward to it last year and it’s not very good when you don’t come out the right end of it,

“So, we are going in to try and redeem last year and we’ve a lot of work to do but we’re there.”