O’Rourke said, “It’s all about building a team. There’s a lot of young players on that team, and if they want to move on, they have an opportunity to play in the qualifiers.”
The dismissal of Kevin Dyas and an injury to Aaron Kernan were major setbacks for Armagh on the day.
O’Rourke acknowledged, “Those things don’t help, but sometimes you can deal with those things, but it’s very difficult to play against Tyrone with 15 players.”
WEXFORD broke Longford hearts with a last gasp winner in their Leinster SFC replay in Tullamore after a game that had a bit of everything according to winning boss Jason Ryan. The final score was 1-13 to 0-15.
Longford led by three points late on but Wexford rallied and pulled the game out of the bag with a crucial late point from Redmond Barry.
“It is a relief to get a very important win,” said Ryan afterwards. “We haven’t won a game for a while, so it’s great to get a win there.
“It was great excitement. It was nail-biting stuff. And there was a big, big, big crowd here and they got value for money again.”
Longford boss Glenn Ryan was hurting when he spoke to reporters.
“It is very, very hard to take. I feel very bad for the lads,” said Ryan as his team suffered a first loss in 2012.
“I am not going to say it won’t take a lot to get the lads back, we will have to see during the week. We will feel sorry for ourselves for a few days and rightly so.
CLARE boss Micheal McDermott admitted he was a bag of nerves as his side held on for a 1-13 to 0-15 victory over Limerick in the Munster SFC semifinal on Saturday night.
David Tubridy secured a late winner to send Clare into a provincial final date with Cork and McDermott was delighted afterwards.
He said, “It was difficult, very, very difficult. The pressure of that last 10 minutes was phenomenal.
“Every sort of feeling is going through your body; are we going to lose it, are we going to get back to a draw for another day or are we going to win?”
Cork will be red hot favorites in the Munster final, and McDermott knows his team have work to do before that game.
He said. “We’ll make headlines this week, but the hard work will have to start again.”
LONDON were well worth their win over Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup final at Croke Park on Saturday. Armagh won the Nicky Rackard Cup with victory over Louth while Tyrone defeated Fermanagh in the Lory Meagher Cup final . . .
FORMER Cavan player Seanie Johnston made his league debut for new club St. Kevin’s on Sunday as he moved a step closer to playing for Kildare this summer . . .
MICHAEL Murphy and Rory Kavanagh are serious injury worries for Donegal ahead of Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarterfinal meeting with Derry on Saturday . . .
LONGFORD footballer Paul Barden and Laois hurler Willie Hyland have won their respective GPA/Opel Player of the Month awards for May . . .
DOWN defender Damien Rafferty has been forced to retire from inter-county football due to a long term groin injury . . .
JERRY Wallace has quit as manager of the Antrim hurlers.