Could Armagh get Tyrone in qualifiers?

Croke Park trip for Armagh in League opener

Kieran McGeeney.

Eugene Creaney


Eugene Creaney


Armagh will go into the hat next Monday for the first round of the All Ireland qualifiers following a period of inactivity which stretches back to the Ulster opener defeat to Donegal in Ballybofey.

With Declan Bonner's side now expected to face a stern challenge in the provincial decider from Derry, last weekend's beaten semi-finalists Meath (Leinster) and Monaghan (Munster) will join another six teams, namely Armagh, Tyrone, Cork, Clare, Mickey Harte's much improved Louth outfit and Mayo.

In the interim period Kieran McGeeney's side has suffered a blow with the reported loss of Clann Eireann player Tiernan Kelly as the various club sides, some more than most, reflect on performances without their county players. 

Fans will be a little apprehensive around the county side's form considering the big gap between games, however it could be a blessing in disguise as players like Oisin O'Neill fight to get back to full fitness. 

A plum draw for Armagh would be a home tie against Tyrone, but the side would want to avoid an away fixture against Mayo or Cork - in fact all of the possible opponents going into Monday's draw will have credibility.

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