Yes, probably not the most attractive football but with things on a knife edge in a do-or-die Championship match, believe me there were plenty of nerves and excitement.
It was a poor enough game between two average enough teams. Armagh conceded 40 frees over the course of the game, with Jamie Clarke receiving a black card after fifteen seconds (yes you've read that right) and James Morgan a black card after 19 minutes. We took a 7-3 lead coming into half time and then shipped 1-1 late on to go in level.
After half time, we were down to fourteen men with Gregory McCabe getting the line for a yellow and a black and Westmeath began to turn the pressure up. The sides were level going into six minutes of injury time and Westmeath spurned several excellent chances to take what would probably have been a winning lead. However we broke up the pitch and notched a brilliant Oisin O'Neill point and as Westmeath poured forward in kamikaze style we broke and scored 1-1 to close out the game.
An ill tempered game. Definite questions for us around discipline in the tackle although I personally felt the ref was inconsistent in his application of the black and the yellow cards.
The official attendance was given as 5,012, although I thought it looked nearer to 7,000, with Armagh supporters in the majority. My hope is that we can build a wee bit of confidence, and with the right draw, have ambitions to get a match in Croke Park this year - the fear though is that we meet a top team and get the mother of all tankings.