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Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney fumes at delay over throw-in

By Declan Bogue

New Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney cut a frustrated figure in The Athletic Grounds as he waited for his second coming to begin, with the Ulster Council delaying the throw-in for over half an hour.

A crowd of over 8,000 turned up to see these rivals meet, and the delay met with McGeeney's disapproval when asked about it afterwards.

"I think it's extremely stupid. It's beyond belief that we would hold up a game because people turn up late," he said.

"They said it was a Health and Safety issue. I can't see it. Just because they haven't it organised or haven't got enough people together … I don't know what it was for.

"But if a game is set for Two O'clock and we decided to come at half two, would that be acceptable?"

He added: "Everyone would have known that Armagh and Tyrone was going to pull a large crowd. I think we played in front of a crowd of 21,000 in a McKenna Cup game in Casement Park.

"For me, the Ulster Council should be organised for that."

The Ulster Council responded with a statement that read: "Ulster GAA expresses sincere apologies for the delay in throw in today's Round One Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup game Tyrone vs. Armagh.

"A crowd of 8,436 was present at the game, which was over twice the expected attendance. The game was delayed for 30 minutes to accommodate all spectators and to ensure that all Health and Safety requirements were met."

Elsewhere in hurling, Armagh had reason to be cheerful on Friday evening when they scored a rare victory over Down in the Conor McGurk tournament played at Queen's.

The Orchard county won by 2-18 to 1-14.

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