Kingdom calling for top of the table clash

The Kingdom are coming to the Athletic Grounds, with both sides battling it out for a place in the league final. It doesn’t get much better or bigger.

The city ground will be crammed with young and old coming to see the visiting green and gold.

But the Armagh players won’t be star struck. They’ll see this as another chance to prove their worth at this level.

They’ve backed that notion up already throughout the opening five rounds. But Kerry have shown they are the best team in the country at the minute.

Missing piece

They’ve failed to get their hands on the Sam Maguire since 2014, a famine of sorts in the Kingdom, but Jack O’Connor could possibly be the missing piece this year.

There are still questions around their defensive personnel and structure. Is it good enough to see off the top teams and win an All-Ireland?

Like the Kingdom, the same criticism has been hurled at Armagh in recent years. Both sides have certainly answered those critics emphatically this year.

Armagh will face the Kingdom of Kerry on Sunday
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Up front Armagh have the ability to put up big scores and cause serious problems for anyone in the country.

In Rian O’Neill, Kieran McGeeney has a player that would be top of everyone’s list if the GAA opened a transfer market.

At full forward he’s a handful. But he can also pull the strings, win primary possession and work as hard as anyone defensively.

Armagh attack

And the supporting cast aren’t bad either. Armagh have around ten top class forwards they can pick from and it’s a constant headache for Kieran McGeeney and his management team.

Andrew Murnin and Ciaron O’Hanlon earned their first starts against Kildare. Tiernan Kelly has been sensational all year long.

Rory Grugan is one of the best playmakers in the county while Jason Duffy, Aidan Nugent, Jemar Hall, Stefan Campbell, Oisin O’Neill and Conor Turbitt are all solid options.

Armagh are going to need all the scoring power they can get to see off Kerry today, and there’s no doubt that those in attendance have every faith in their side.

Will Andrew Murnin retain his place against the Kingdom this weekend
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