“We need to make further step up”

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney

Having watched his team win their first piece of silverware under his watch and the team’s first since 2009, Kieran McGeeney said that his side need to make a further step up.

“I don’t think we played well, I think we played very poorly,” he said.

The former All-Ireland winning captain would need no reminders of the enormity of the task facing his players who are preparing for the Ulster series. The sides heaviest defeat of the season came against potential Ulster opponents Tyrone who beat the Orchard County in the McKenna Cup by a 12 points margin and the Armagh boss stressed that his team will find it difficult against the top sides.

“The provincial winners normally come from the First Division, we know that and all we can do is keep trying to get to that level.”

Mc Geeney says the players who have come back from injury have been a big plus for the side. “We have Ethan Rafferty, Andy Murnan and Stefan Campbell back for the Championship so while we have a way to go we are heading in the right direction.”

Although Armagh struggled to overcome some of the so called lesser teams in their league campaign McGeeney believes that a lot of the teams his side met are decent.

“We struggled this season against the likes of Clare, Louth and Tipperary but those teams are all well organised, as are Fermanagh so it’s good to have firstly gained promotion, with the Championship still pending.”