McElroy labels Armagh fans “best in the country”

Versatile Armagh player Joe McElroy has paid tribute to the Armagh fans, who he hails as they “best in the country.” The Orchard County qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals with a six-point win over Roscommon on Saturday.

Goals from Barry McCambridge and Conor Turbitt were the key scores for Kieran McGeeney’s side. They will take on Kerry in the last four of the All-Ireland series in two weeks’ time.

“Family members there and friends and family are sending pictures of them all,” said McElory. “My sister is actually in Glastonbury at the minute with a big, massive Armagh flag walking about the place.

“I’ve had texts from Australia and phone calls, it’s just unreal. The fans are second to none. The Armagh fans are the best in the country, and they travel in huge numbers.

“For a county that’s relatively small and a county that over the years hasn’t had much success – I think Kieran was saying there was only five All-Ireland semi-finals that Armagh have. I think we build ourselves up a wee bit as well.

Versatile Armagh player Joe McElroy has paid tribute to the Armagh fans, who he hails as they “best in the country.”
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“We are a very proud county, but we haven’t been in this position that much. We’re trying to make the most of the situation and we’ll over the next two weeks really knuckle down and see where it takes us.”

Getting over the line

Armagh didn’t hit the heights like previous games, but getting over the line was the most important thing. The Armagh Harps man enjoyed a good outing in Croke Park, keeping tabs on Roscommon dangerman Enda Smith.

“We’ve been involved in a load of unbelievable games with people saying, game of the year,” added McElroy. “I think it was Roscommon we got beat by in 2018 and it was meant to be game of the year.

“We got beat by Galway two years ago with penalties and it was meant to be one of the games of the year. So, we’re just happy that we didn’t do overly well, and we got the win. I suppose that’s a wee bit of growth over the last couple of years, being able to win.

“We didn’t really hit the full throttle today. We missed a lot of easy shots. Our marks and frees were a bit off as well, so we’re just hoping we can work on that the next day and those points will go over the bar.”

Versatile Armagh player Joe McElroy has paid tribute to the Armagh fans, who he hails as they “best in the country.”
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