Decision time for Armagh

Croke Park trip for Armagh in League opener

Kieran McGeeney.

Eugene Creaney


Eugene Creaney


Although Armagh's intermediate aim of consolidation in Division 1 has been achieved, Kieran McGeeney's side's season still sits on a knife edge. 

The Orchard outfit travel to Donegal on Sunday knowing that a win and a defeat for Mayo against Kildare would set up a league final with Kerry on April 3.

While the Lilywhites' chances of causing a shock would be slim, Armagh fans will have one eye on the social media outlets as the clock ticks down at the end of the tie in Letterkenny.

Should the dice fall for Kieran McGeeney's side, another tule with the Kingdom and possibly David Clifford could lie in store before the club season bursts into life, then takes a break for Easter before reaching a head of steam in the summer.

To be fair, it is hard to know who are the squad players from the Orchard set up. Some of the top players in the Province like Oisin O'Neill and Stefan Campbell have yet to be given their heads, both however are expected to feature strongly in the championship.

In an ideal world a win on Sunday over Donegal, followed by a league final appearance in Croke Park would set the side up nicely for the April 24 visit to Ballymoney for the provincial opener.

The positives from the Kerry defeat suggested that the battling qualities, certainly as show in the second half, are abundant. The negatives suggested that the side would need to be spreading the scores amongst the entire forward unit.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see Andy Murnin get another start up front. The St Paul's player would need more game time.

One of the finds of the season, Tiernan Kelly - who knocked over two points against Kerry - would be expected to keep his place, but has the time come to start the talented Niall Grimley?

Aidan Forker has been in superb form and has sublime leadership qualities as indicated with his policing job on Clifford last weekend, which is no easy task.

In fairness three places on the side are up for grabs. McGeeney will almost certainly go for broke against Donegal irrespective of the results elsewhere.

A much improved Armagh side will go into Sunday's tie as outsiders. The tag has provided motivation throughout the current campaign.

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