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Armagh beat 14-man Rossies to reach All-Ireland semi-final

Turbitt celebrates his goal

Conor Turbitt scored Armagh’s second goal after a Roscommon goal kick went completely wrong (Getty Images)

Armagh marched into their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2005 with a 2-12 to 0-12 victory over 14-man Roscommon in a forgettable quarter-final at Croke Park.

Orchard’s men, who were eliminated in the quarter-finals in 2022 and 2023, led by five points after 28 minutes thanks to an impressive 1-1 from full-back Barry McCambridge, whose attacking venture earned him a superb goal in the 19th minute.

Roscommon fought back to be just two points behind at half-time, but their hopes were dashed when midfielder Ruaidhri Fallon was sent off for two yellow cards just before half-time.

The Rossies, who surprised Tyrone in Omagh last week to get into this phase, showed fighting spirit at the start of the second half but were undone by a botched goal kick in the 51st minute, allowing Conor Turbitt to fire the ball into Conor Carroll’s net.

Turbitt’s goal – his seventh of the championship – increased Armagh’s lead to six goals and they managed to get through the final quarter to become the first team to secure a place in the last four.

Rossies receive red card after McCambridge goal

Armagh’s quarter-finals over the last two years have been full of drama – with penalty shoot-out losses to Galway and Monaghan – but the first half was anything but exciting.

It started promisingly with a wonderful score from Conor Turbitt after just 10 seconds.

But that didn’t add any new momentum to the game. McCambridge missed an early goal-scoring opportunity for Armagh, his close-range effort being blocked after Rian O’Neill’s well-aimed clearance had caused problems for the Roscommon defence.

On a grey and wet summer afternoon at headquarters, conditions were difficult: players from both sides lost their footing and struggled to hold onto the ball.

Roscommon’s shooting performance also left a lot to be desired: four times the goal went wide and four more attempts missed the target.

After a point from Niall Grimley, the Rossies finally took the lead in the 17th minute through Conor Cox.

But after a Daire Cregg shot went short, Armagh punished the Connacht men. McCambridge exchanged passes with Grugan before firing an unstoppable shot onto the underside of the crossbar, giving the game a much-needed boost.

Moments later, McCambridge – who was also a regular in attack for Armagh in last month’s group match against Derry – fisted the ball over the bar to give them a five-point lead.

But while the Rossies scored the last three points of the half – through Conor Cox (2) and Niall Higgins – their hopes were dampened when Fallon was sent off for his foul on Grugan.

While Roscommon struggled in the second half with goals from Eoin McCormack and Dylan Ruane, the defeated Ulster finalists responded through McCambridge, Oisin Conaty and Stefan Campbell, who was substituted on at half-time for Kieran McGeeney.

After the next four goals were scored, Roscommon lost possession through a goal kick which Tiernan Kelly was able to pass to Turbitt, who scored the decisive goal.

While Roscommon fought on, Armagh held them at bay, avenging last year’s quarter-final defeat to Monaghan on penalties and securing a place in the last four for the first time in almost 20 years.

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