Grimley delighted to be back at Croker
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley has warned his side that they need to be cautious ahead of the All-Ireland Qualifier clash against Meath.
He fears that Dublin's crushing 19-point defeat of the Royal County in Sunday's Leinster Final could lead to false complacency.
Armagh will play Meath in a double-header in Croke Park at 5pm on Saturday, August 2, at 5pm (live on Sky Sports) with Monaghan playing Kildare at 7pm.
And it's a busy weekend for Orchard fans as the following day Armagh Minors will face Mayo at GAA Headquarters with a noon throw-in.
“I will be hammering home the message to the lads that Meath's defeat to Dublin will have no bearing whatsoever on our game. If anything, Meath will come out against Armagh to prove a point and we have to be on our guard here," he said.
“We have to be cautious of reading too much into that performance on Sunday. Obviously they were up against the best team in the country at present and there are many teams that Dublin would do that to.
“So we have to be cautious that that performance was not a true reflection of how Meath can play."
Armagh's confidence will be high after a comfortable victory over Roscommon in Hyde Park on Saturday.
But it was the team's terrific hard work ethos and level of commitment displayed that had the Armagh supporters on their feet, something which pleased but didn't surprise the Armagh manager.
“The effort and commitment and the general attitude has been there even a year ago, but it only has come into the shop window I suppose whenever you start winning games people have become aware of it," said Grimley.
“It has always been there, even during our bad days that we had over the last12 months, they have always knuckled down, the morale has always been very high and their attitude in training has been superb and they are always willing to work and learn and it is an ongoing thing with these lads. I have been impressed myself as they never let you down."
The Orchard men were on top throughout and while they worked tirelessly in defence as expected, they impressed at the other end of the pitch, kicking (and fisting) 1-14 from play and from 10 different scorers.
As well as five of the six forwards that started finding the target, both midfielders got on the score-sheet, but Grimley isn't expecting Armagh to be all-guns blazing against Meath.
“You don't always have 10 different scorers, but thankfully on Saturday we did. The next day we don't know how many scorers we will have but as long as they go over the bar or into the net, I don't care.
“But it is always pleasing when you have a good spread of scorers, especially when you see players like Andy Mallon coming from corner back and tapping over.
“We have got players that are very attack minded but they are defensive minded as well and we have worked on that. And Dennis (Hollywood), Kieran (McGeeney), Peter (McDonnell) and Martin (McQuillan) have worked on that tirelessly and I count myself an extremely lucky manager to have such a good coaching and management team."
On Saturday the players received cheers and applause and the Armagh boss said he and the players appreciate the support.
“Last week I suppose set the whole thing up. We had great support in Clones, great support against Tyrone and again on
Saturday night. And I have to say that it hasn't gone unnoticed," he said.
“Many supporters made the trip to Hyde Park on Saturday and then to Clones on Sunday to support our Minors and it just shows what our supporters are made of. I'm sure it was an expensive weekend with children and families and we recognise the sacrifice that they make and we are extremely grateful for the support they give us.
“During the game they can recognise when we need a boost and they certainly give us that and help us out."
With Ulster Champions Donegal awaiting the winners, Grimley didn't want to look that far but he is delighted his players will finish their season at Croke Park.
“It is fantastic for the players, of course many of the players have played there before but there are plenty that haven't, but it is everyone's dream to play at Croke Park and hopefully we will stay there from here on in and that would be just fantastic.
“I say we deserve to be where we are because of the work the boys have put in. I suppose it hasn't been without its problems, but they really deserve it and I am delighted the lads are getting a chance to play in Croke Park."
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