Canavan: Armagh should be wary of Kingdom threat

Former Tyrone captain Peter Canavan says Armagh should worry about Kerry’s below par performance against Derry. The Kingdom did enough to shake off Derry in the All-Ireland quarter-finals by five-points.

The game failed to live up to the pre-match billing, but Kerry’s last quarter burst saw them through to the last four. With Dublin now out of the championship, the All-Ireland race has been blown wide open.

Armagh didn’t set the world alight in their own quarter-final win over Roscommon on Saturday evening. But they did have six-points to spare as they made it to the last four for the first time since 2005.

“Halfway through that second half I turned around to Tomás (Ó Sé) and said I could only see one team winning it from here,” Canavan told RTE during Sunday’s live broadcast.

Armagh worry

“I though Derry had done the hard work. I didn’t see anything wholly different from Kerry in the second half. They were ineffective going forward.

“Was it a case that Derry petered out because they ran out of steam, or they didn’t have the self-belief to go on ahead and win the match? They had done the difficult bit in containing Kerry for so long.

“We were very critical of Kerry at halftime. Now you have to praise them for the way they dug it out. It wasn’t pretty, it was far from it.”

Looking ahead to the All-Ireland semi-final in two weeks’ time, the Red Hand legend said Armagh should be worried. The Orchard County will face Kerry in the championship for the first time since 2006.

“From an Armagh perspective, I’d be worried,” Canavan added. “I can’t see so many of those Kerry players playing below par in the manner that they did today.

“The difference of men coming off the bench, Killian Spillane, Dylan Geaney, Cillian Burke made a massive difference too. A lot of people have been critical of Kerry for not having a strong panel, I think their panel got them over the line.”