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D-day for Armagh

Thursday, 1 June 2017

D-day for Armagh thumbnailNO TURNING BACK...Armagh will hope to defeat bitter rivals Down this Sunday.

ARMAGH will make the short trip to Pairc Esler on Sunday afternoon (June 4) for a 2pm throw-in, as they take on fierce rivals Down in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final.

Kieran McGeeney's side will go into Sunday's clash in a confident mood, despite failing to secure promotion from Division 3 of the National League.

Down on the other hand will be hoping that they can continue the good form they showed at the end of their National League campaign as they claimed a draw away in Cork to secure their status in Division 2.

There is little to separate the two teams and the bookmakers are struggling to make either side favourite.

Armagh's hope of progression could rely on how ruthless their attack is on Sunday and star forward Jamie Clarke says Armagh are prepared at both ends of the pitch.

“We have worked a lot on closing out games over this last number of weeks and 70 minutes of championship football is a completely different game.

“For myself it is about relaxing and enjoying the game and I am going out on June 4 to enjoy the game and enjoy the occasion.

“But again the fundamental aspect is that I have a job to do for my team and my team-mates and if Armagh don't win on Sunday, then what is the point of it all?

“What I mean by that is that it is important for me that Armagh win over the next number of years and I guess that is where the legacy will be left."

The prolific Clarke, who helped Armagh to a staggering 15 goals and 103 points during their National League campaign said they are in a good place.

“I can't emphasis it enough how well the camp is at the minute and everybody is really excited for the game and ultimately it is about putting on a performance on the day and I think we are in a good place."

Throw in at Pairc Esler is at 2pm on Sunday and the Minor quarter-final between Armagh and Down will start at 12pm.

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