McGeeney proud of his Armagh players

Kieran McGeeney was extremely proud of his players following their Ulster final defeat to Donegal on Sunday.

The Orchard County lost out to Jim McGuinness’ side via a penalty shootout after an enthralling game.

While the result went against Armagh, McGeeney praised the effort and desire his players showed on the day.

“Over the last number of years, anything you’ve asked of them, they’ve given,” said the 2002 All-Ireland winning captain.

“We thought we got the things right today, just with starting and finishing, really good impact off the bench.

“Everybody seemed to be going in the right direction and just a bit of cramping too near the end, losing a few players.

“But Donegal had the same, it was the same on both sides. It’s hard to put your finger on it, we seem to be missing on those big ones.”

It’s the second year in a row that Armagh lost out in the provincial final. Derry also defeated McGeeney’s men via penalties last season.

It’s the fourth time that Armagh have lost a big championship game following a shootout. The previous three being Galway (2022), Derry (2023) and Monaghan (2023)

Kieran McGeeney was extremely proud of his players following their Ulster final defeat to Donegal on Sunday.
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“It’s another tough one,” added the 2002 Footballer of the Year, now in his tenth season in charge of his native county.

“That’s four or five and we’re always coming out the wrong side of them (penalties). It’s hard to know what to say in a situation like that.

“We had a good lead and it’s hard to say you let it slip. Donegal were always going to have the purple patch too.

“Just a couple of wee things, slip at the end and marks and stuff like that again, just costing us. Those are the days you want a wee bit of luck to go for you and it against you.”

Read our match report from Sunday’s Ulster final: Penalties prove Armagh’s undoing once again