League final spot up for grabs

A spot in the Division 3A league final is up for grabs in Dr Hyde Park today, as Armagh travel west in hope of securing their place.

Tyrone are already through and await the winners of this weekend’s semi-final showdown.

Roscommon are formidable opponents, as Armagh are aware, and offer a huge challenge in the semi-final.

The sides are fresh off their most recent league meeting, which was just three weeks ago. So, they know all they need to know about each other.

The concession of frees was the tale of the tape that day as both sides punished the other from dead ball.

Cathal Dolan and Fionntan Donnelly locked horns in a free-taking shootout, with the latter claiming 0-15 of Armagh 1-19 tally.

Dean Gaffney raised the white flag, but it wasn’t enough for the Orchard to get something from the game.

A late goal from the visitors ensured that Roscommon left with the maximum points on offer.

Fionntan Donnelly is Armagh's league top scorer
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New boss

Things have changed, a lot, for Armagh since that outing. They’re brought in Terence McNaughton to oversee the team for the remainder of the year.

‘Sambo’ brings with him a lifetime of coaching experience and his appointment may spark something in the team.

The Antrim native, who’s joined by Mattie Lennon and Ruairi McGrattan in the dugout, got off to a great start last week.

Armagh made the long trip to Birmingham and the journey proved a worthwhile venture. The Orchard demolished their hosts Warwickshire.

Five goals helped secure the win and book their place in tomorrow’s last four tie. Danny Magee rattled off a hat trick while Eoin McGuinness and Nathan Curry also hit the net.

The goal at the beginning of the year for Armagh was to gain promotion from Division 3A, something they’ve been pushing hard for over the last number of years.

Roscommon are a huge hurdle in trying to achieve that, but one Sambo and his men will relish.

Armagh can reach the league final with a win over Roscommon
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