Aidan Forker was one of only five Armagh players that started against both Cavan and Tyrone. Once in attack and the latter in defence.
The Maghery man chipped in with a point as a corner forward against the Breffni Blues. He returned to his more familiar man-marking duties at the weekend.
Forker was a key part of Armagh’s solid defensive structure in Saturday’s three-point win over All-Ireland champions Tyrone. While delighted with the victory, Forker insists Armagh won’t be getting carried away.
“I think we’ll bring ourselves down to earth a wee bit. Them boys are only off the plane celebrating that All-Ireland win. We’re probably a wee bit further down the road in the way of training so I think we can temper that a wee bit.”
“They’ve good pedigree and they have good standards in terms of that competition (the McKenna Cup) and they always go for it. We’re happy enough to grind out a good win, a good competitive game, it’s better than training.”
“Our focus will still be on a big game in a couple of weeks time (against Dublin) and doing ourselves justice in the league.”
The win sees Kieran McGeeney’s men progress to the last four to take on Monaghan, but more importantly, provides some more game time for his team.
Armagh used 32 players across their two outings so far in the McKenna Cup. Ciaran Mackin, Justin Kieran, Joe Sheridan and Niall Smith all making their debuts.
“You can see people coming on there. We’d maybe about ten subs so everybody’s getting game time and I’m sure there’ll be a bit of rotation again for Tuesday night.”
“You can replace that. Training’s good and so on but that competition against Ulster counties is the best preparation that we can hope for. We’re happy enough.”