Burns excited by “chance to undo last year”

Paddy Burns missed out on Armagh’s run to last years Ulster final, their first since last winning the Anglo Celt back in 2008.

The Burren clubman was injured throughout the provincial championship but did return for the All-Ireland series. Burns has more than made up for lost time this season, having started every single league and championship game.

He played at corner back last Saturday evening as Armagh overcame rivals Down by the minimum of margins. Burns is one of the first names on Kieran McGeeney’s team sheet and can’t wait for the Ulster final.

“I am buzzing. Last year I was injured for the whole Ulster Championship,” recalled Burns, who made his Armagh debut in 2018.

“I didn’t get a game so I am delighted that is two games down. Please God, all being well, I will hopefully get playing in the Ulster Final and I am looking forward to it.

“You are only as good as your last game, and it is quickly forgotten about. I maybe didn’t have as much man-marking today as I have in the past, which made it a little bit easier.”

Ulster final

While the Down clash was far from a classic, it was all about winning and securing a showpiece spot. Armagh did that in the end, thanks to a late Jason Duffy point, and that was the main thing.

“That was goal today, getting there and undoing what we done last year,” added Burns, who played for Burren in the Down SFC final against Kilcoo last year.

Paddy Burns missed out on Armagh’s run to last years Ulster final, their first since last winning the Anglo Celt back in 2008.
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“We are one step closer, and it mightn’t have been pretty, or it might not have been great. But we are there, and we have given ourselves a chance to undo last year.

“We have been beaten by Down in the past and we were expected to win it. But I don’t think that was our mindset that it was going to be an easy game.

“Our mindset was very much this is a semi-final, and anything can happen. One team is going to win and won team is going to lose and that was almost us, but it wasn’t.”