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Armagh Aim For Winning Mentality

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Armagh Aim For Winning Mentality thumbnailARMAGH'S Stefan Campbell.

ARMAGH'S Stefan Campbell insists that Sunday's O'Fiaich Cup victory in Crossmaglen can be an encouraging incentive as they prepare for next season.

A 13-man Armagh defeated Mickey Harte's Tyrone 3-10 to 0-13 in an entertaining clash.

Charlie Vernon and Stefan Campbell were used as late substitute after retaining the Inter-provincial crown with Pete McGrath's Ulster the previous day but Campbell was delighted Sunday's win.

“This is the first O'Fiaich Cup Final I have played in and I can't get over the crowd and we will want to defend it next year.

“It's a good end to 2016 and a positive starting point for 2017."

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has yet to select his Dr McKenna Cup squad but Campbell believes the Orchard men will aim to compete for the later stages of the January competition as they hope to change the mindset within and outside the Orchard Camp.

“There is a good mix between youth and senior players and hopefully we can qualify for the knock-out stages," said Campbell.

“We are just trying to get that winning mentality back in the changing room. We have a great set of fans and they deserve more. They have travelled all over to support us and they haven't seen us win too much and we want to bring that winning mentality back."

At only 25-years-old, Campbell is considered a senior member of the panel and he believes that his side can carry momentum from the Dr McKenna Cup into Division Three of the Allianz League.

Last season, Armagh finished the League with two draws against Galway and Tyrone and a win over Derry, but that wasn't enough to avoid relegation due to early round defeats to Meath and Laois. Armagh played that game without experienced players such as Andy Mallon and Ciaran McKeever. It was understood that those players were rested but on Sunday McGeeney insisted they got injured in challenge games prior to the National League.

“They weren't rested they were injured and we played two challenge games between the McKenna Cup and the League and it was a mistake," said McGeeney.

“In those games another point could have seen you pushing for promotion and then we ended up relegated.

“But those are things I have to shoulder responsibility for myself. You make decisions sometimes they work and sometimes they don't."

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