Armagh set for ‘biggest test’

Limerick  take on Cork in the Munster minor football championship in the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday night
Limerick take on Cork in the Munster minor football championship in the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday night

Armagh will face their biggest test of the season when they travel to Croke Park to play Fermanagh in Saturday’s Division 3 final.

The game will be screened live by TG 4 and supporters who have planned to travel by train can avail of the “GAA Special”) which will stop at Portadown and Newry on the way and leaves Connolly Station in Dublin at 9.50pm (stopping at Lurgan).

Both Fermanagh and Armagh are unbeaten in the league this season and ironically when the sides met earlier in the year they shared the spoils in a 1-10 to 1-10 draw.

Pete McGrath’s team have a growing number of admirers, they defend in numbers and are quick out of defence,.

When the sides met in the league the Erne men had top performers in Sean Quigley, the dazzling Tom Corrigan who scored an impressive goal and Ryan Jones who hit the equalising score at the Athletic Grounds.

Armagh should start the game as slight favourites, they will welcome back Stefan Campbell who had been suffering from an ankle injury and although the Clans man may not start, it would be a surprise if he didn’t join the action at some stage.

Grange player Michael McKenna has been a revelation at centre half forward this season, but it will be interesting to see which six forwards are chosen to play against Fermanagh on Saturday.

Jamie Clarke and Tony Kernan are the obvious choices and Andrew Murnan’s performance against Sligo last time out could put the St. Paul’s man into the running for the number 14 jersey.

With Fermanagh full forward Sean Quigley again expected to be a threat, Charlie Vernon will be expected to continue with the marking job which he was given when the sides last met in the league.

In Armagh’s last visit to Croke Park they put in a memorable performance against Donegal in the All Ireland quarter final yet lost by a single point.

Armagh supporters will recall the last time the sides met at the venue back in 2005 when Fermanagh won thanks to a late Tom Brewster point which secured an historic win.

Kieran McGeeney’s side on this occasion however should be good enough to lift the Division 3 title. The action starts at 7.15pm.