Armagh armed for Brewster battle

Following last week’s draw with Donegal, all of Armagh’s focus will have swiftly turned towards Brewster Park.

It’s four years since Armagh lined out at the Fermanagh venue, which was also a Division Two NFL game.

Jamie Clarke, Aidan Forker and Aidan Nugent all scored goals in Armagh’s handsome 3-14 to 0-10 victory.

That was the final game before Covid when Armagh eventually grabbed a spot in Division One.

Kieran McGeeney’s side stayed there until last season, when Fermanagh were competing in Division Three at the same time.

But it’s all about the second division now and the Orchard County will be keen to retain their unbeaten record.

Fermanagh began the campaign with a solid start, drawing with Meath before overcoming Kildare in round two.

But things have faltered slightly since. Donegal handed them a 14-point whooping while Cork edged them out by the minimum of margins.

That’s two difficult back-to-back defeats for Kieran Donnelly’s side, who will have the fire in their bellies this weekend.

The likes of the Cullen brothers, Lee and Che, are the go-to men at the back while Declan McCusker and Josh Largo Ellis are fine footballers on the wings.

Ultan Kelm, Garvan Jones and Sean Cassidy are the main men up front and will all need watched on Saturday.

Fermanagh are without the star quality of Conal and Ryan Jones along with Sean Quigley. All three stepped away from the panel at the start of the season.

Photo Credit: John Merry

For Armagh, they welcomed Rian O’Neill back into action last weekend and he kicked a wonder point when introduced.

He’ll likely see more minutes this weekend and Kieran McGeeney will no doubt have headaches trying to pick his team.

Andrew Murnin is back and fully fit. He was excellent last weekend, and his goal was one of the highlights.

Fermanagh are in desperate need of two-points as they are currently just hovering above the relegation zone.

With Cavan to come next, two-points here would see Armagh take one step further towards a promotion place.

It certainly won’t be easy, and Brewster Park is never an easy place to go. But Armagh should be to strong and come through this tough battle.