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All-Ireland semi-final means ‘everything’ for Armagh

Barry McCambridge

Barry McCambridge scored Armagh’s first goal at Croke Park (Getty Images)

Barry McCambridge says reaching their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2005 means “everything” for Armagh.

Armagh defeated Roscommon 2–12 to 0–12 to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 19 years.

McCambridge and Conor Turbitt scored the goals against Roscommon, who were reduced to 14 men after Ruaidhri Fallon was shown a red card in the first half.

“It means everything to our team, the fans, the management, everyone,” McCambridge told GAAGO after the win.

Armagh last won the All-Ireland championship in 2002, when coach Kieran McGeeney was still captain of the team.

Orchard County were eliminated in the quarter-finals in both 2022 and 2023 and missed out on the Ulster Championship title after losing to Donegal on penalties.

“A loss on penalties, any loss in a game is tough. Especially finals, quarter-finals and big games,” said defender McCambridge.

“You want to win and get to the next level. I’m glad we had the chance to do that and I hope we can move on.”

Turbitt added that Armagh’s team was a “stubborn group” and more united than ever before.

“This is huge for us. The performance there was not our best and we cannot be satisfied with it,” the goalscorer told GAAGO.

“We have been here several times and played well and went home empty-handed. So our goal is to reach the semi-finals.”

“Getting it across the finish line was everything.”

Both McCambridge and Turbitt dedicated the victory to McGeeney, whose uncle Peter Kelly died in Croke Park on the eve of the game.

“After the last few days that Geezer (McGeeney) has had, it was important for us to do it for him,” McCambridge added.

“The whole team stood behind him and everything he achieved.”

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