McGeeney pleased with “outstanding” McQuillan

Kieran McGeeney was pleased with the performance of Cullyhanna man Ross McQuillan in Armagh’s 11-point win over Derry. McQuillan made a major impact after coming on as a blood sub in the first half.

McQuillan replaced Peter McGrane and claimed Armagh’s first three-pointer of the day. He made a fine catch and assist for Rian O’Neill’s goal in the second half and had a number of other highlights.

McQuillan’s season had consisted of four substitute appearances during the league before Sunday. He came on against Meath, Fermanagh, Cavan and Cork as Armagh earned promotion to Division One.

McQuillan wasn’t the only player to catch the eye of the Orchard boss. Madden’s Niall Grimley, making his first championship appearance in two years, also put in a magnificent shift on Sunday.

“The last, probably nine days (have been tough),” said McGeeney. Losing Rian (O’Neill) for the last game and Paddy (Burns) and then Conor O’Neill with Achilles. Then Andrew (Murnin) and then (Ciaran) Mackin on Thursday night. 

“It was a tough week, but the boys that came in, I thought Ross McQuillan was outstanding. Over the last two weeks he’s been flying at training now and he’s really pushed on and he came in today and I thought he was fantastic.

“And Niall Grimley. He has had a tough year himself personally and he’s been always close (to featuring more) and to put in a performance like he did today. I’m delighted for him and his family.”

Kieran McGeeney was pleased with the performance of Cullyhanna man Ross McQuillan in Armagh’s 11-point win over Derry.
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Squad strength

Armagh’s panel strength has rightly come in for a lot of praise and McGeeney backs up that notion. Oisin O’Neill and Aidan Nugent have both made terrific impacts off the bench throughout the championship. Shane McPartlan scored after coming on against Derry.

“We have a good panel; we’ve been working on that over the last number of years,” added McGeeney. “And again, that’s hard because if a club is playing, and the fellas are not getting game time, people will be in their ear. 

“You look at Oisin Conaty, Peter McGrane, Joe McElroy, who were in and out of the team for the last two years. The next thing they hit this year and they’re flying.

“Sometimes players need that amount of time just to be able to settle in, especially when you come to the top level like this year.”

Kieran McGeeney was pleased with the performance of Cullyhanna man Ross McQuillan in Armagh’s 11-point win over Derry.
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