Armagh’d for it!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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ARMAGH's stunning victory over Kildare in Croke Park on Saturday has led to the Orchard County daring to dream as they get ready to lock horns with Mickey Harte's Tyrone in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals.

Even though they'll go into the tie as huge underdogs, the Armagh faithful queuing for tickets in Newry remain hopeful that Kieran McGeeney's men can pull-off a shock against the Red Hands..

Danny Browne's optimistic of Armagh's chances and is relishing the chance the Orchard men have of reacquainting old rivalries against Tyrone.

He said: "Of course there's a chance we can beat Tyrone."

Speaking about Saturday's victory against Kildare, he added: "It was excellent, they never dropped their heads; they were very strong and had great subs. I put Armagh to win by two points and they actually won by three, so I was happy enough."

Louise Moley thinks that the underdogs title will actually suit the Armagh side.

She said: "It's definitely going to be a tough game, there's no doubt about that, and the Tyrone defence are going to close down our forwards, who aren't going to get the same room that they got against Kildare.

"Armagh will go in as underdogs, but I think that that's going to suit them."

Tony Murphy believes that a pragmatic and methodical approach is key to Armagh prevailing against Tyrone.

"Tyrone will be overwhelming favourites," he said.

"I think they'll go mass defence. I don't think that Jamie Clarke will get the freedom that he's got previously, so they have to work out another game plan and be patient."

Barry Convery said that he'd backed the Orchard men to beat Kildare beforehand, as he seen frailties in them for Armagh to exploit in their loss against Dublin.

He said: "I was pretty confident; I said it to a lot of people before the game. Kildare were pretty competitive against Dublin, yet Dublin seemed to be going through the motions in the second-half, so it was hard to really judge were Kildare were.

"Andrew Murnin's out - that's a big loss - so it doesn't give Jamie Clarke the level of freedom that he'd get if Murnin was playing.

"With that smothering defence system that they [Tyrone] have, it'll be hard for us to break down, but I think with the open spaces of Croke Park that if Armagh play the way they did on Saturday that Armagh are in with a chance."

Shane Bennett is in no doubt as to the scale of the challenge that lies ahead for Kieran McGeeney's men, but thinks freeing up Jamie Clarke in the game is key.

He said: "It's going to be very tough for them. Tyrone will be very hard to break down.

"Armagh have good forwards, I think Tyrone would give anything to have a forward of the class of Jamie Clarke. He'll not get the space that he got against Kildare."


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