Armagh player ratings: Conaty, McCambridge and Turbitt the pick for the Orchard

Solid defence, dominant midfield and clinical attack combine to send Armagh into All-Ireland semis

Armagh full-back Aaron McKay cuts out a Roscommon attack in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Picture: Sportsfile
Armagh full-back Aaron McKay cuts out a Roscommon attack in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Picture: Sportsfile (Harry Murphy / SPORTSFILE)

Blaine Hughes: No saves to make. Came off his line to punch one high ball clear and safe hands with everything that came his way. Good distribution off the tee and out of his hands. 7

Paddy Burns: Solid return after missing three games. Had a number of marking assignments and came out on top in all of them. Got forward too. 7

Aaron McKay: Growing in stature with every game. Solid and assured at the heart of the Armagh defence. Picked up Diarmuid Murtagh and hardly gave him a kick. 7

Peter McGrane: Kept Daire Cregg scoreless in the first half and had covered a lot of ground before he was subbed at the break as Armagh opted to utilise their extra-man with forward Campbell. 6

Barry McCambridge: We’ve seen him get forward for his club but never so effectively for his county. Hammered home a first half goal and added two points. Solid defensively against Diarmuid Murtagh too. 8.5

Tiernan Kelly: Settling into his defensive role. Committed, physical and quick at centre of a well-organised rearguard. Full-blooded diving block on Eoin McCormack summed up his performance. 6.5

Aidan Forker: Incurred the wrath of his manager for giving the ball away late in the second half. Alternated between sweeper and marking assignments and got forward to score a point. 6

Niall Grimley: Took his point well. Pulled out to the wing and soared through the air to win a kickout when Armagh were under pressure. Typical of the athletic Madden midfielder’s performance. 7.5

Ben Crealey: Roscommon targeted him physically but Crealey took the hits and dominated the midfield battle alongside Grimley. 7

The electric pace of Oisin Conaty helped cut Meath open on Saturday night. Picture by John Merry
Oisin Conaty scored four points and had a hand in both of Armagh's goals

Oisin Conaty: See star man

Rian O’Neill: Not at his best but picked out Turbitt for the opener and made a vital tackle to shut door on Dolan. Came in for some physical punishment from the Roscommon defence. Hit a pair of first frees either side of the posts. 6

Joe McElroy: Got through a ton of unselfish work. Tracking runs, getting in tackles and making interceptions and used the ball well. 6

Rory Grugan: Had one chance and sent it wide. Always plays with his head up and picked out McCambridge for Armagh’s first half goal. Subbed with 20 minutes to go. 6

Andrew Murnin: Out-jumped Fallon to set up a goal chance for McCambridge in the first half. A valuable outlet for kickouts in the second half. 6

Conor Turbitt: Alert to a short kickout and broke the ball then got it back from Conaty before stroking it brilliantly into the net to seal the deal. Two points as well. 8


Stefan Campbell: In for McGrane at half-time and made the impact his manager would have wanted. 7

Oisin O’Neill: Replaced his brother after 50 minutes. Helped to shore up the Armagh midfield and deny Roscommon a way back into the game. 6

Aidan Nugent: Confident and creative, he added energy to the Armagh attack in the closing stages. 6

Ross McQuillan: Not on long enough to be rated.

Connaire Mackin: Not on long enough to be rated.

Jason Duffy: Not on long enough to be rated.

Star Man

Oisin Conaty

A superb all-round display from the Tir na nOg clubman. Came into his own in the second half when his pace cut the Roscommon defence to shreds. He started the move that led to McCambridge’s goal and was provider for Turbitt’s second half major. Scored four points and was also back in defence to make a brilliant block to cut out a Daire Cregg shot. 9