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Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17


Evening all and welcome to Croke Park for tonight’s second showdown as Armagh and Kildare face off for the first time in senior football championship action. Throw-in is 7pm and there’s an All-Ireland quarter-final spot up for grabs.

Here’s the starting teams selected, we’ll let you know of any late changes.


1. Mark Donnellan (Maynooth)

2. Mark O’Grady (Celbridge)
3. David Hyland (Athy)
4. Ollie Lyons (Celbridge)

5. Peter Kelly (Two Mile House)
6. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
7. Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)


8. Kevin Feely (Athy)
9. Tommy Moolick (Leixlip)

10. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
11. Niall Kelly (Athy)
12. David Slattery (Confey)

13. Paddy Brophy (Celbridge)
14. Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
15. Cathal McNally (Johnstownbridge)


1. Blaine Hughes (Carrickcruppen)

2. James Morgan (Crossmaglen)
3. Charlie Vernon (Armagh Harps)
4. Paul Hughes (Crossmaglen)

5. Mark Shields ((Whitecross))
6. Brendan Donaghy (Clonmore Robert Emmets)
7. Aidan Forker (Maghery Sean MacDermotts)

8. Stephen Sheridan (Forkhill)
9. Niall Grimley (Madden Raparees)

10. Ethan Rafferty (St Colmcilles Grange)
11. Anthony Duffy (Pearse Og)
12. Rory Grugan (Ballymacnab)

13. Jamie Clarke (Crossmaglen)
14. Andrew Murnin (St Paul’s Lurgan)
15. Gavin McParland (Ballymacnab)

Two late Kildare changes. Paul Cribbin and Ben McCormack in for Tommy Moolick and Cathal McNally.

Armagh bring in Aaron McKay and Stefan Campbell for Ethan Rafferty and Anthony Duffy.

Game on.


Kildare 0-1 Armagh 0-1
Couple of cracking early points. Keith Cribbin for Kildare and Andrew Murnin for Armagh.


Armagh 0-2 Kildare 0-1
Gavin McParland taps over a neat point, the ball dropping over via the upright.


Kildare 0-2 Armagh 0-2
First chance of the night from a free for Kevin Feely and he obliges after Fergal Conway was fouled.


Armagh 0-3 Kildare 0-2
Jamie Clarke nudges Armagh back into the lead and then Stefan Campbell misses a good chance to increase their advantage.


Armagh 0-4 Kildare 0-2
Captain Rory Grugan slams over his first point of the game for Armagh.


Armagh 0-4 Kildare 0-3
Conway is fouled again and this time it’s goalkeeper Mark Donnellan who ventures upfield to knock over the free.


The Armagh team Armagh saw off Tipperary last time out.

The Kildare team Kildare aiming tonight to bounce back from their loss to Dublin. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO


Armagh 0-5 Kildare 0-3
Armagh stretch their lead with a confidently taken free by Niall Grimley. He was outstanding last time out against Tipperary.


The referee tonight by the way is Tipperary’s Derek O’Mahoney.


Donnellan off target on this occasion for Kildare from a ’45.


Yellow card for Kildare goalkeeper Donnellan after off the ball incident involving Andrew Murnin.


Armagh 0-6 Kildare 0-3
Armagh are gaining a firm grip on this game with Aidan Forker surging upfield to arrow over a fine point.


Armagh 0-6 Kildare 0-4
Nice move by Kildare and a fine kick by Niall Kelly to split the posts.


Armagh 0-6 Kildare 0-5
Paul Cribbin is fouled by Forker and his midfield colleague Feely steps up to slot over the free.


Ben McCormack very unlucky not to notch his first point of the evening for Kildare as the ball cannons back down off the upright.


Aaron McKay with Feral Conway Armagh's Aaron McKay with Kildare's Fergal Conway. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO


Kildare 0-6 Armagh 0-6
Super point for Kildare from distance by Paddy Brophy. All came from a great turnover around the middle by Kevin Feely.


Armagh 0-7 Kildare 0-7
Four in a row for Kildare as Ben McCormack shoots over before Campbell brings Armagh level at the other end. Then Kildare are unlucky to see another point effort hit the post courtesy of Niall Kelly.


Armagh 1-7 Kildare 0-7
What a boost for Armagh! Captain Rory Grugan created the goal, jinking in from the left wing and offloading to Murnin. His shot was partially blocked by Mick O’Grady but the ball spun away from Donnellan in goal, allowing Murnin to race in and boot the ball over the line.


Armagh 1-8 Kildare 0-7
Fine point by Gavin McParland and Armagh go four clear.


Yellow card for Kildare’s Daniel Flynn.


The half ended with a point for Kildare from Niall Kelly, Armagh in front by three at the break with that Murnin goal separating the teams.


Momentum is with Armagh entering the second half as they hold a three-point advantage.


Armagh 1-9 Kildare 0-8
First blood after the break to Armagh as Jamie Clarke points following great play by Andrew Murnin to release him.


Armagh 1-9 Kildare 0-9
Kildare respond through a Feely pointed free after Daniel Flynn was fouled.


Sub: Armagh bring on Joe McElroy for Aaron McKay.


Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-9
Instant impact by McElroy as he taps over a point to put Armagh four clear again.


Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-10
Another point from a free by Feely for Kildare, this time after Niall Kelly was flattened.


Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-11
The gap is back to two after Brophy notches a score from play on the right wing for Kildare.


Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-12
Now it’s a one-point game! Neat score for Kildare by Keith Cribbin.


Subs: Kildare replace Ben McCormack with Cathal McNally, Armagh bring in Ciaran O’Hanlon for Aidan Forker.


Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-13
Kildare right back in this now as they draw level. Excellent score under pressure from Daniel Flynn with his left.


Armagh 1-11 Kildare 0-14
Super trickery by Jamie Clarke and he kicks over a good score to put Armagh back in front but then Fergal Conway scythes through to bring Kildare level.


Subs: Two Armagh changes. Stefan Campbell and the injured Andrew Murnin go off, on come Ethan Rafferty and Oisin O’Neill.


Kevin Feely with Stephen Sheridan Kildare's Kevin Feely and Armagh's Stephen Sheridan. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO


Sub: Fionn Dowling is on for Kildare for David Slattery.


Kildare 0-15 Armagh 1-11
Kildare hit the front through Conway and it was excellent play by the Celbridge man to intercept an Armagh kickpass and hold his nerve to land the point into Hill 16.


Armagh 1-12 Kildare 0-15
All square again thanks to Armagh’s Gavin McParland.


Yellow card for Kildare’s Ollie Lyons.


Kildare 0-16 Armagh 1-12
Brophy splits the posts and Kildare go back in front.


Sub: Mark Hyland on for Kildare for Peter Kelly.


Armagh 1-13 Kildare 0-16
Wonderful kicking by Jamie Clarke as he brings Armagh level again.


Black card for Kildare’s Keith Cribbin.


Armagh 1-14 Kildare 0-16
Rory Grugan taps over the resultant free as Armagh go in front again. We’re set for a great finale here.


Sub: Cian O’Donoghue on for Kildare for Cribbin.


Armagh 1-15 Kildare 0-16
Brendan Donaghy moves forward to kick a crucial point for Armagh as they go two clear.


That’s three on the bounce now for Armagh.


Armagh 1-15 Kildare 0-17
Feely cuts the deficit with a pointed free for Kildare after Flynn was fouled.


Subs: Armagh bring in Anthony Duffy for Rory Grugan, Kildare replace Niall Kelly with Eamonn Callaghan.


Feely with the chance to level but misses a free off his left.


Armagh 1-16 Kildare 0-17
And Ethan Rafferty who conceded that free for Armagh booms over a massive point to nudge them two clear.


Cathal McNally with a shot on the turn for Kildare but he underhits it and the ball falls into the arms of goalkeeper Blaine Hughes.


Subs: Tommy Moolick in for Kildare for Daniel Flynn.


Moolick goes midfield and Feely goes to full-forward for Kildare.


Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17
That could be the insurance score. Armagh go three clear as Grimley points a free after Clarke was fouled.


We’re into injury time and Armagh still in control here.


All-Ireland football quarter-final draw tomorrow afternoon. Dublin and Tyrone in one bowl, Monaghan and Armagh in the other bowl.


That’s all from us this evening, thanks for joining in.

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Fintan O'Toole


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