Tuesday, 3 July 2018

I WAS at the Armagh game, and to be fair Armagh looked dead and buried.
When the draw came out first, and it was Clare, it looked like a 50/50 game. So it looked like a game that Armagh could realistically win, but also they were playing against a county who are now established as a Division Two team, and who were unlucky not to go up last year into Division One. So obviously they can play football.
If you watched the start of the game on Saturday, you would have though that Armagh might run away with it. Then it looked like Clare were going to run away with it and Armagh came back with a strong challenge at the end.
Everybody's talking about grit and determination, but there was a huge amount of skill towards the end of the game to pull of that win. I'd be very happy with the way Armagh finished. It was actually unbelievable and it has been a long time since I've seen such an atmosphere like that involving an Armagh team. And there was a real feel good factor leaving the ground.
There are still things that can be brushed up on though.
It was a massive test for them. The first thing you realise is that they have actually beat something. And now they are better prepared for Roscommon. I think of the teams we could have got, Roscommon is probably the toughest. But at the same time again, it is a little bit like the Clare match. It is a very winnable game, and also it's another massive test. And if Armagh can come through this test, they'll be well set up for the Super 8.
Roscommon played well in the Connacht final. For a lot of that game, it looked like they were going to beat Galway. And everybody is talking about Galway being realistic All-Ireland challengers. So, I think that's a positive thing as far as they're concerned, in that, although they lost the game, they came out of it with a huge amount of credit.
Armagh kicked 18 wides on Saturday. And it's not the first time we've done that. If there is a day when Armagh click, we could give even a good team a serious pasting - the likes of Roscommon.
But Roscommon are fairly defensive. Armagh have struggled against defensive teams, so they are forewarned.
But it's not just the wide count with Armagh. A lot of it is the options that players are taking on the ball. There were a lot of times in the first half where there was another pass in it. I think that that is something that Geezer will probably look at more than the wides - where are we actually shooting from and is that the right option.
I think if we can sort that out, hopefully there's a big performance in us at some stage.
We got to the quarter-final last year, and if we get to the Super 8 this year, it will give us three more games. And to be honest, a lot of talk this week has been about finances.
So, it would improve the coffers as well a little bit, and hopefully that can improve us going forward. It's important to be in there.
If you don't make it through to the Super 8, you are losing out big time in every way.


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