Crossmaglen goalkeeper Paul Hearty has said his 18th Armagh SFC title in 19 years is as special as those that went before and said “there’s a lot more to come” from the club.
“Definitely not anything less,” Hearty said when asked how Crossmaglen’s 4-14 to 0-09 win over Armagh Harps compared to his previous county titles. “In fact, for a lot of us, it probably means an awful lot more."
Hearty told RTÉ Sport: “We had our doubters at the start of the year, could we come back, could we do it again? It just proves that we have the drive, the dedication and the commitment that this club is based and founded on, that we can continue to come up with the goods year in year out.
“We delivered a great performance today, got the vital scores at vital times. [We] got the goals, killed the game off early, and then we enjoyed the second half there.
“[We’re] delighted with 18 out of 19, another five in a row, and hopefully there’s a lot more to come from this club.”
On a personal level, Hearty said he was feeling good after extending his record number of county titles and would be continuing for at least another season.
He said Crossmaglen had coped well with the absence of players who were in county duty and other who were injured.
“It’s just a testament to the club that we keep producing young players who are hungry and who have the desire to keep the hard work up and improve their skills all the time, and bring the older generation on. It’s delightful to be part of it.”