Forker preparing for tough Cavan test

Armagh know they’re in for a tough battle when they take on Division Three league champions Cavan on Saturday evening says Aidan Forker.

There’s a spot in the Ulster Championship semi-final for the victors, against the winners of Down or Donegal.

Forker has been really impressed with the Breffni Blues this season, who’s last outing was a league final in Croke Park.

Cavan overcame Fermanagh to seal promotion along with some silverware. Mickey Graham’s side will meet Armagh in Division Two next year.

“They are going really well,” said the Maghery clubman, who will likely face another man-marking task on Saturday.

“They were really impressive the last day, they are very well organised, and they have some quality players.

“We haven’t had it easy up there in recent history, but we will prepare well and it is going to be a battle up there.

“No one gets anything easy up there as you have seen in the league, so we will prepare as we always do, and I am looking forward to it. We go into every game trying to play the same way and the right way.”

Missing men

Rian O’Neill, Andrew Murnin, Conor O’Neill and Jarly Og Burns may be available this weekend, having missed the Antrim game.

But Forker paid tribute to the players that stepped up in their absence. “I knew it was in them,” said Forker.

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“I was really excited to see the likes of Shane (McPartlan) because he is pushing really hard and he is a real handful in training. I know that first hand.

“He was waiting in the wings there for a long time and I was really excited to see him. I knew he could deliver for us, and he really did.

“It is the game with big Ben (Crealey) you know what you get with him. I am really happy with those boys coming in.

“The boys coming back from injury will definitely get it tight, because those boys will not give it up too easily.”