Armagh steamroll Roscommon to reach last four

Armagh 2-12 Roscommon 0-12

Armagh booked their spot in the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 2005 with a win over Roscommon. Goals either side of the half time break from Clann Eireann duo Barry McCambridge and Conor Turbitt were the telling scores.

The slippery underfoot conditions left things tricky, but Armagh were the slicker team throughout. That bit of class up top when required, as well as the customary impact off the bench, were key factors.

It was a controlled and comfortable Armagh display, and with the extra man for the whole second period following Ruaidhri Fallon’s first half red card.

Armagh burst out of the traps with a Conor Turbitt point after just nine seconds, coming straight from the throw in. 15 minutes would go by before another white flag was raised, when Niall Grimley doubled Armagh’s lead.

Armagh booked their spot in the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 2005 with a win over Roscommon
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Conor Cox pulled one back for Roscommon before the Orchard County struck the first goal of the day. McCambridge played a one-two with Rory Grugan and fired the ball to the net, with the aid of the crossbar.

McCambridge, once again assisted by Grugan, fisted over a score before the Rossies struck three on the bounce. Cox slotted over two frees while Niall Higgins also split the posts to reduce the gap.

Roscommon were reduced to 14 men just minutes before the half time whistle when midfielder Fallon received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Armagh headed into the break with a two-point advantage, 1-3 to 0-4.

Second half

The Rossies tied things up straight after the turnaround, with points from Eoin McCormack and Dylane Ruane. McCambridge restored Armagh’s lead with a mark, bringing his personal tally to 1-2.

Armagh booked their spot in the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 2005 with a win over Roscommon
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Substitute Stefan Campbell traded scores with Ruane and Cox (free) before Conaty slotted over his second. Armagh then raised another green flag, with Conor Turbitt this time rattling the back of the net.

Adam McDermott pulled one back for Davy Burke’s men, but it was cancelled out by Aidan Forker at the other end. Brian Stack and Diarmuid Murtagh both split the posts to make it a four-point game.

Turbitt nailed a free while Conaty swung over his two more points to put the icing on the cake. It’s on to the last four for the Orchard County, with the semi-final draws taking place on Sunday evening.

Armagh: B Hughes, P Burns, A McKay, P McGrane, B McCambridge 1-2 (1m), T Kelly, A Forker 0-1, N Grimley 0-1, B Crealey, O Conaty 0-4, R O’Neill, J McElory, R Grugan, A Murnin, C Turbitt 1-2 (1f). Subs: S Campbell 0-2 for P McGrane, O O’Neill for R O’Neill, R McQuillan for A Forker (blood sub), A Nugent for R Grugan, C Mackin for B Crealey.

Roscommon: C Carroll, N Higgins 0-1, B Stack 0-1, R Dolan, D Murray, R Daly, E McCormack 0-1, E Smith, R Fallon, U Harney, D Murtagh 0-1, S Cunnane, D Cregg, C Cox 0-5 (4f), D Smith. Subs: D Ruane 0-2 for D Murray, C Lennon for U Harney, A McDermott 0-1 for D Smith, C Heneghan for R Daly, A Glennon for S Cunnane.