McGeeney: Armagh in a better place than last year

Last year, Armagh overturned the odds to beat Galway in Carrick-on-Shannon and claim top spot in their group. A similar win against the Tribesmen, in Markievicz Park, would reward Armagh with the same prize.

Advancing straight through to the last eight and Croke Park is the ultimate goal for Kieran McGeeney’s side. Having saw off Westmeath and Derry in their most recent outings, they’ve setup a top of the table clash.

McGeeney thinks his side have “progressed” and matured” since they clashed with Padraic Joyce’s side last year. The pair also played out a fascinating All-Ireland quarter-final in 2022, which Galway won via penalties.

“I think that they have progressed, and they have matured, but at this time of year, it’s about getting that consistency,” added McGeeney. “You don’t have to be brilliant every day, but you have to be pretty good.

Read our match report from last year’s clash: Armagh book last eight spot

Last year, Armagh overturned the odds to beat Galway in Carrick-on-Shannon and claim top spot in their group.

“It’s trying to get that on the pitch, so you hope we can do it again. We have Padraic and Galway now in two weeks, he has them motoring well again this year.

“After a tough year with injuries and stuff, a bit like ourselves, he has had another week of it. But knowing Padraic he’ll have them well set up for it.”

Galway have also chalked up two victories against Westmeath and Derry following their Connacht Championship triumph. But like Armagh, they’re missing a number of key men through injury.

“I think it is a good prize (top place). You don’t know who you’re going to get,” said McGeeney after Armagh’s outstanding 11-point victory over Derry at Celtic Park last weekend.

“Having that two weeks, and especially with bangs, Galway are the same as ourselves, they’d like a game in two weeks, but then another two weeks to prepare. But all we’re looking at is the Galway game and to push on.”

Last year, Armagh overturned the odds to beat Galway in Carrick-on-Shannon and claim top spot in their group.