Beggan the hero as Monaghan win penalty shoot-out against Armagh for All-Ireland semi-final spot

July 01, 2023

Monaghan's Ryan O'Toole celebrates with goalkeeper Rory Beggan after the penalty shoot-out ©INPHO/James Crombie

Monaghan are through to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland senior football championship for first time since 2018 after edging Armagh 9-8 in a penalty shoot-out at Croke Park this evening.

After the derby clash had finished all square on 0-14 apiece at the end of extra time, All-Star goalkeeper Rory Beggan denied Armagh’s Callum Cumiskey in sudden death to seal the Farney men’s passage through to the last four as their Orchard counterparts crashed out at this stage on spot kicks for the second successive season.

In what was an airtight encounter, Armagh led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time in normal and, in fact, no more than a point separated the sides over the 90 minutes of play at headquarters.

It’d finish 0-12 each at the end of normal time and top-scorers Rian O’Neill (0-6) looked to have won it with under a minute to go in normal time prior to substitute Conor McManus sending over a trademark free at the death to force penalties.

Quality kicks came from both sides in the shoot-out with neither prepared to blink but, in the sudden death stage, Beggan proved the hero for Vinny Corey’s men as they now move into the hat along with Kerry for tomorrow evening’s semi-final draw.

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