No "Hyding" place for Armagh against Mayo

No "Hyding" place for Armagh against Mayo

Conor Turbitt

Eugene Creaney


Eugene Creaney


Ironically it will be Doctor Hyde Park in Roscommon which will host next weekend's game between Armagh and Mayo.

With Castlebar closed the Rossie's venue is currently being utilized by both counties.

Orchard fans may remember making the trip to a game at the venue in the past but on that occasion, pitch was under water and the N.F.L. tie was called off an hour before the game.

With victories over Dublin and Tyrone raising the expectations, defeating Mayo next weekend could consolidate Kieran McGeeney's sides future in division 1, with games still to play against Kerry, Kildare and Donegal.

Meanwhile a top referee in Armagh looking back on Saturday night's disputed spot kick strike has suggested that "the speed of the shot from Armagh's Rian O'Neill would have made it impossible to decided had the ball crossed the line".

The Rangers player crashed the ball off the crossbar in Armagh's titanic draw with Monaghan, but the ball crashed on to the goal line to be cleared by Farney defenders.

The official who didn't wish to be named told Your Lurgan "In these situations , the umpires are instructed to stand just behind the line of the posts, the referee will watch for the keeper coming off his line and there is usually a linesman, whose job it is to keep the player outside the D, and not encroach on the kicker, it would be my opinion that the shot was so fierce that it couldn't be judged whether or not the ball had crossed the line in a split second".

Despite the bad first half start the home side performed a lot better in the second period, following the introduction of Stefan Campbell and Conor Turbitt (pictured) who hit 1.02 between them in the dying minutes.

Mayo's comfortable win over Dublin has made the game with Armagh next weekend even more interesting.

Greg McCabe who served a one match suspension will be available for selection, but the fans will hope that Rian O'Neill will be given the all clear having picked up an injury in the later stages of the Monaghan game.

The is a debate that team boss McGeney should start both Turbitt and Campbell for the visit to Hyde Park.

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