Armagh primed for promotion push

A victory over Cavan this Saturday evening would see Armagh return to Division One football for next season.

That would surely be the first target of Kieran McGeeney’s to-do list ticked off ahead of the championship campaign.

But it’s not going to be plain sailing. Cavan will have absolutely no fear when they travel to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds.

Armagh have been in brilliant form throughout the league, with that draw against Donegal being the only blot on their record.

There were a few close shaves, like against Louth and even Fermanagh, but other than that, it’s been all good so far.

This Cavan date has been circulated in the diaries for quite a while when it became clear that it could decide promotion.

A victory over Cavan this Saturday evening would see Armagh return to Division One football for next season.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Of course, Donegal could still slip up at the top of the table. But given their remaining fixtures, that’s very unlikely.

And so, it’s all down to Saturday night for Armagh and Cavan. The winner will put themselves in pole position for promotion.

Promotion push

While Cavan have maybe surprised a few with their form in Division Two, Armagh were expected to be here.

Still unbeaten after five outings, the Orchard County still have plenty of talent to call on that haven’t saw much game time.

Rian O’Neill’s cameo against Donegal is his only appearance. Big brother Oisin has been a bit-part player so far.

Jarly Og Burns has yet to start a game while game time has been fairly limited for the likes of Tiernan Kelly.

Niall Grimley is another who has returned from a nightmare year of injuries but hasn’t made the breakthrough just yet.

But the newbies like Peter McGrane and Oisin Conaty haven’t done a whole pile wrong and deserve to retain their spots.

A victory over Cavan this Saturday evening would see Armagh return to Division One football for next season.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

It leaves the Armagh management with a selection dilemma, but one they won’t complain about too much.

Cavan currently trail Armagh by two-points in the league table. They have won three of their five fixtures.

Donegal are the only team to have beaten Raymond Galligan’s men, while Meath earned a draw two weeks ago.

Paddy Lynch is the main man in that attack and is currently the top scorer in Division Two with 0-36.

Padraig Faulkner, Killian Clarke and Killian Brady are all experienced heads in that Cavan camp.

But Armagh seem to have the most quality when comparing the two squads and that should tell the tale on Saturday.