McCambridge: We did it for Geezer

Barry McCambridge said that Armagh overcame Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final for their manager Kieran McGeeney. McGeeney lost his uncle Peter Kelly late on Friday night, the night before the game.

In his interview with GAAGO after receiving the Man of the Match award, McCambridge said they wanted to do it for their manager. “It means everything, it means everything to our team, the fans, the management, everything,” said McCambridge on reaching the last four.

“After the last couple of days Geezer’s had, it was important for us just to do it for him. The whole team were all behind him for everything he’s done.”

The Clann Eireann defender picked up an impressive tally of 1-2 from half back in Armagh’s six-point win. McCambridge insists that getting forward and grabbing scores is something he’s been instructed to do.

Scoring spree

“I know I’m used to defending, but Kieran Donaghy sent me a message, kept saying that Croke Park’s made it for me and to keep pushing forward,” McCambridge added. “I’m glad I got the chances there.

“He’s been massive, him, Conleith (Gilligan), (Ciaran) McKeever, all of them have added something this year. They always want you pushing on, they always challenge you.

“I’ve been known as a defender, but Geezer, Donaghy, Conleith, McKeever always challenges me to score, push forward and everyone to push on just to make Armagh a better place.”

It’s been a tough couple of seasons for the Orchard County. They’ve lost two Ulster finals and two All-Ireland quarter-finals on penalties. But some of that hurt helped them get over the line last weekend.

“Losing on penalties, losing any game is going to be tough, but especially finals, quarter-finals, big games. You just want to win. You want to go to the next level and we’re glad we had the chance to do that, and we’ll hopefully push on.”

Barry McCambridge said that Armagh overcame Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final for their manager Kieran McGeeney.