Armagh ready for crunch Cavan clash

ARMAGH manager Kieran McGeeney has said that his charges are well aware of the task awaiting them on Sunday afternoon at Breffni Park when they take on Cavan in the Ulster Championship quarter-final.

McGeeney’s side exited the Anglo-Celt at the first stage last year despite a positive campaign in the National Football League, where they lifted the Division Three crown.

However, they were soon brought back to earth with a thud against Donegal at the Athletic Grounds .

McGeeney is hopeful his young side can deal with the pressure of taking on Cavan away at Breffni Park this weekend.

“We know we have a big task in front of us, but we know the quality we have in our team.

“Yes we are a probably a bit new to this Championship pressure and what comes with I, but I am hoping they will respond positively to the big game.

“On the other hand we are well aware of the quality Cavan have and why we were beaten by that magnitude in the league and we know what Cavan bring to the table.”

Cavan have had an impressive 2016 thus far with a strong showing in Division 2, where they were narrowly defeated by Tyrone in the decider at GAA headquarters.

McGeeney said that they are a dangerous side.

“Cavan are a very high scoring team and when they hit a purple patch they can rack up the points.

“Even in the Division 2 final people said Tyrone were in control throughout, but yet Cavan still hit 15 points.

“I don’t think they will feel the pressure, they will go into the game as big favourites and they are well down the line with Terry Hyland and they have found the right balance between offence and defence.”

Focusing on his own side, McGeeney said his side have a good chance of upsetting the apple cart and progressing to a clash with Tyrone in the final four of the competition.

“If our players play to their potential then they have a chance, a good chance!

“From our perspective it is all about trying to get a run of games in the Championship and that is a big priority.

“Trying to get that sort of game time at this time of the year is invaluable for these young players.

“Self belief is a huge factor in what we are trying to achieve and it is hard thing to work on, but when you do get it, it can make a huge difference.

“We just hope that the players will see the possibilities that lie before them and give it a good rattle.”

Throw in on Sunday, May 29 at Breffni Park in Cavan is 2pm.

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