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Orchard wary of Westmeath backlash

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Orchard wary of Westmeath backlash thumbnailArmagh will be hoping that Jamie Clarke can help them edge past Westmeath this Saturday.

ARMAGH will hope to keep their Sam Maguire dreams alive this weekend as they travel to Mullingar to take on Westmeath.

The Orchard County produced a clinical second half display to see off Pete McGrath's Fermanagh in the opening round of the qualifiers at the end of June, but they are on the road this weekend as they bid to secure their place in the third round of the qualifiers.

Kieran McGeeney's side go into Saturday evenings clash as favourites against the hosts, who last season played their league football in Division 4.

The Lake County ran out 2-24 to 2-11 winners over Wexford in the Division 4 decider and next season they will play Armagh in Division 3.

Westmeath reached the semi-finals of the Leinster Championship, but suffered a heavy defeat against Dublin at Croke Park.

Armagh make the trip to Mullingar confident that they will have enough to overcome the plucky Leinster side, but Kieran McGeeney and the rest of his backroom team will be warning Armagh that they need to produce another performance similar to the one they gave against Fermanagh and not the one they produced against fierce rivals Down in the Ulster Championship.

Stand in boss for the Fermanagh and Down games, John Toal said it is a tricky assignment and he said that Armagh are ready for the task at hand.

"When you get to this stage of the year you know you are going to get tricky assignments and Westmeath will be very keen to show that they are much better than they were against Dublin.

"They will take a huge hurt into their game against us, but for our part we recognise that we have plenty to work on in training, and of course we knew this even before the draw for the qualifiers was made."

Throw in at Cusack Park is at 7pm.

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