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Vernon not concerned over Geezer ban

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

ARMAGH'S Charlie Vernon has insisted that Kieran McGeeney's absence from the Pairc Esler touchline on Sunday, June 4, won't affect his game.
The Orchard County face fierce rivals Down in Pairc Esler in the Ulster Championship quarter-final, where McGeeney will be serving his 12-week ban.
The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee issued the punishment after considering the referee's report into the Armagh's Allianz National Football Division Three fixture with Antrim.
“From my own experience I have always tried to keep my head down and try hard and that is the view that most of the players will be taking in terms of preparing for the match and we will leave those things to Kieran and the County Board," said Vernon.
Vernon was speaking at the Ulster Championship Launch at the City Hotel in Derry on Thursday night.
The Armagh Harps talisman give an insight to training with a bruise above his left eye but made clear that McGeeney's absence on the sideline is not at the top of his agenda.
“I haven't noticed him gone yet, he has been to all the training sessions I have been to," said Vernon smiling.
“The impact of that hasn't been felt yet really, as players we are concentrating on our own game and we will leave that for everyone else to comment on.
“Kieran hasn't discussed it with us and we haven't discussed it with him, so we will be looking forward to the first round game as we would for any other game.
“He might just have to shout that wee bit louder, but that is about it."
Down manager Eamonn Burns felt that McGeeney's absence wouldn't hinder Armagh or be an advantage to the Mourne men.
“I don't think that will bother Armagh at all, Kieran will probably be happy sitting up in the stands," said Burns.
“It is what it is and it is not about managers it is about players on the field and that is the important thing."
Down's fears have eased over the availability of key players Caolan Mooney and Johnston brothers Jerome and Ryan. All players are expected to see some club action over the next fortnight. Rostrevor's Mooney has been in magnificent form for Down this season and he should have a big say in Down's progression this summer. Likewise Kilcoo's Johnston brothers have shown their value to the Mourne men and they will be expected to help exploit an Armagh side that has leaked too many goals this season.
Good news for fans is that match day prices have been frozen once again. The stand in Pairc Esler will cost an adult 25.00 or ?30.00, juveniles, U16, 5.00 / ?5.00 and senior citizens 15.00 or 18.00, which is available with valid ID through clubs and County Boards only.
The terrace (standing) will cost an adult 15.00 or ?18.00, with student and senior citizens able to avail of 13.00 or ?15.00 through clubs and County Boards.
ARMAGH'S Charlie Vernon has insisted that Kieran McGeeney's absence from the Pairc Esler touchline on Sunday, June 4, won't affect his game.
The Orchard County face fierce rivals Down in Pairc Esler in the Ulster Championship quarter-final, where McGeeney will be serving his 12-week ban.
The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee issued the punishment after considering the referee's report into the Armagh's Allianz National Football Division Three fixture with Antrim.
“From my own experience I have always tried to keep my head down and try hard and that is the view that most of the players will be taking in terms of preparing for the match and we will leave those things to Kieran and the County Board," said Vernon.
Vernon was speaking at the Ulster Championship Launch at the City Hotel in Derry on Thursday night.
The Armagh Harps talisman give an insight to training with a bruise above his left eye but made clear that McGeeney's absence on the sideline is not at the top of his agenda.
“I haven't noticed him gone yet, he has been to all the training sessions I have been to," said Vernon smiling.
“The impact of that hasn't been felt yet really, as players we are concentrating on our own game and we will leave that for everyone else to comment on.
“Kieran hasn't discussed it with us and we haven't discussed it with him, so we will be looking forward to the first round game as we would for any other game.
“He might just have to shout that wee bit louder, but that is about it."
Down manager Eamonn Burns felt that McGeeney's absence wouldn't hinder Armagh or be an advantage to the Mourne men.
“I don't think that will bother Armagh at all, Kieran will probably be happy sitting up in the stands," said Burns.
“It is what it is and it is not about managers it is about players on the field and that is the important thing."
Down's fears have eased over the availability of key players Caolan Mooney and Johnston brothers Jerome and Ryan. All players are expected to see some club action over the next fortnight. Rostrevor's Mooney has been in magnificent form for Down this season and he should have a big say in Down's progression this summer. Likewise Kilcoo's Johnston brothers have shown their value to the Mourne men and they will be expected to help exploit an Armagh side that has leaked too many goals this season.
Good news for fans is that match day prices have been frozen once again. The stand in Pairc Esler will cost an adult 25.00 or €30.00, juveniles, U16, 5.00 /€5.00 and senior citizens 15.00 or 18.00, which is available with valid ID through clubs and County Boards only.
The terrace (standing) will cost an adult 15.00 or €18.00, with student and senior citizens able to avail of 13.00 or €15.00 through clubs and County Boards.

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