Armagh goalkeeper Philip McEvoy ends inter-county career

Philip McEvoy attempts to get down to block an Emmet McGuckin shot in a game between Armagh and Derry in 2013
Philip McEvoy has been part of the Armagh football panel for the last seven years

Armagh goalkeeper Philip McEvoy has retired from inter-county football.

McEvoy was Armagh's regular keeper last season as they reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals and has been part of the county's panel for seven years.

The Dromintee club-man said that he had taken the decision because of a "change in my personal circumstances".

"In recent weeks I have unfortunately not been able to give my full commitment, which I have utterly prided myself in doing," said McEvoy.

Speaking to the Armagh GAA website, McEvoy added that he had been given "immense support from all team-mates, management, friends and family to commit for a further year in 2015".

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney paid tribute to McEvoy's contribution to the county squad.

"Whilst we earnestly tried to convince Philly that he was a very significant part of the County's future, he explained that he genuinely needed to spend more time with his young family," said the Armagh boss.

"He had recently requested this and it was indeed facilitated, but he now feels the time is correct to bring down the curtain on his County career.

"On behalf of myself, team management and our players I would like to thank Philly most sincerely for his honesty of purpose, his welcome and intelligent contributions to team meetings, his constant banter and humour, his willingness to support and encourage other goalkeeping panellists and in particular his undoubted excellent goalkeeping talents."

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