Armagh meet Rossies in last eight

Armagh have been drawn against Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, with the game taking place next week. The clash will take place at Croke Park, with the date and time to be announced later today.

Armagh qualified for the last eight after topping their group with a three-game unbeaten run. Kieran McGeeney’s side impressively saw off Westmeath and Derry before drawing with Galway in the final round.

It’s the first time since 2006 that the Orchard County have reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals three years in a row. Unfortunately for Armagh, that’s where their season has ended in the previous two campaigns.

In 2022, Galway ended their journey after a penalty shootout while the exited the 2023 championship at the hands of Monaghan, also via penalties. Armagh have also suffered the same fate in the last two Ulster finals against Derry and Donegal.

But they have showed serious resilience and strength of character to make it back to the final eight. It’s a huge opportunity for Armagh to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals, a spot they haven’t secured since 2005.

They haven’t faced Roscommon in the championship since 2018, when the Rossies edged a Game of the Year contender. It was a round four qualifier clash, with Roscommon winning 2-22 to 1-19 in the end.

Armagh and Roscommon have previously clashed seven times in the championship, with both winning three times. There was also a drawn tie in the 1977 All-Ireland semi-final, when Armagh won the replay.

Roscommon picked up a stunning win over Tyrone last weekend to reach their first quarter-final since 2017. They had to see off two Ulster sides to reach this far in Cavan and the Red Hands.

Those are the only two championship victories Davy Burke’s side have recorded this season. They lost to Mayo both in the Connacht Championship and the group stages and also lost to Dublin.

Armagh have been drawn against Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, with the game taking place next week.