No Shadow Boxing In Summer Rehersal
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
DOWN manager Eamonn Burns insisted that Wednesday night's clash (at 8pm) against rivals Armagh will not be "shadow boxing" with one eye on the Ulster Championship clash in the Summer.
Down play Armagh in the Ulster Championship on Sunday, June 4, in Pairc Esler and rivalry between the sides is cranking up ahead of that clash.
But on Wednesday night a Down travel to Armagh City knowing that victory against the Orchard County will secure passage to the semi-final of the Dr McKenna Cup.
Down go in confident mood after Sunday's win over Derry, while Armagh also recorded victory at the weekend, which also marked the return of Jamie Clarke but the Down boss says his side won't be holding back on Wednesday and feels it will have little significance on what could happen latter in the year.
“It won't be shadow boxing from us because we will be rolling out the same 26 players because that is all we have at the minute," said Burns.
“I don't think I will and I don't think Kieran McGeeney will read an awful lot into either but we will just put out the team that we can.
“Obviously we might have to shuffle it around a bit because Darren [O'Hagan] had to come off as he took a few knocks and David McKibben went off injured, so we will see where we are when we get everyone back at training and we will try and pick a team.
“Down and Armagh games are always spicy, they are local derbies and I don't think Wednesday night will be any different.
“We are looking forward to it and we will try and win the game and take it from there."
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