Toner back from injury and ready to help Armagh bid

Kieran Toner in possession for Armagh against Galway.INLM15-151
Kieran Toner in possession for Armagh against Galway.INLM15-151

Midfielder Kieran Toner trained with Armagh last week and could be set for a return to Paul Grimley’s side should the County overcome Leitrim on Saturday in round two of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

The Granemore man has seen very little action this season but according to his manager he is back and ready to go. Manager Grimley said, “Kieran has been a big miss for us, he is a fully focused and dedicated player who gives his all. He will prove to be a big asset to our midfield sector which has been performing well this season,” said Grimley.

The Armagh boss indicated that his side are building a head of steam following the huge disappointment of losing their opening Ulster Championship match against Cavan.

”We have a number of players coming back from injury, added Grimley. “James Morgan and Brendan Donaghy who missed the Cavan game both lined out in the win over Wicklow recently. Aidan Forker is available for selection after a period on the sidelines, his brother Stefan however is doubtful and as things stand Charlie Vernon is our only long term absentee.”

Both Grimley and his team came in for a lot of criticism following their defeat to Cavan in the Ulster first round game, a scenario which according to Grimley has galvanised his players, the Armagh supremo said, “The defeat against Cavan was down to me, so when you get things wrong you have to admit it. As for the players, they believed they had a lot to prove before the Wicklow match and I think they showed that they wanted to stay in the All Ireland series.”

Looking forward to Saturday’s visit to Carrick on Shannon Grimley said he was quietly confident.

“After our performance against Wicklow we would have to be confident, but this won’t be a cake walk. “There will be very little room to operate on Saturday and scores will be at a premium. We will need a big performance from all our players if we are to obtain the result we want.”