7/09/2006

Orange army head for the capital

What a sporting weekend we have. With both Wimbledon finals, the World Cup final, Gaa qualifiers and the Munster final on, there is a feast for all sports fans. But of course, centre stage is the battle at Croke Park for the Anglo-Celt Cup as Donegal take on Armagh. I'll be heading off for Dublin early tomorrow morning and hopefully, like I have been 5 times in the last 7 years, I'll be a happy man tomorrow evening as Armagh collect what will be their thirteenth Ulster title which would put them into joint second place in the Ulster roll of honour, level with Down and Monaghan and behind only Cavan.



The big shock of the weekend GAA wise has been the defeat of All Ireland champions Tyrone who lost 0-9 to 0-6 to Laois earlier this evening. The race for the All Ireland appears to be wide open this year. Laois will fancy their chances now while Kerry, Armagh, Dublin, Mayo and Galway will all feel they could have what it takes. But before Armagh can think about Sam Maguire, they have a tough asignment tomorrow facing a young and improving Donegal side. Even though Armagh have needed two replays to reach this stage, the most positive thing about their performances has been the form of their elder statesmen. Fellas like Kieran McGeeney, Paul McGrane and Oisin McConville have been producing excellent performances. While the media continue to produce the lazy half-truth that Armagh have "too many miles on the clock" and are past it, the performances of the players who are supposedly "over the hill" prove the ignorance of this accusation.

I know I'm biased, but I think Armagh will have a bit too much guile for Donegal tomorrow. In the past 4 years, Armagh have reserved their best performances for Croke Park. Hopefully Stevie McDonnell can find the form he's been struggling for all season. It won't be as easy as it was at the same stage at the same venue last year but if Armagh perform to their capabilities I'm confident we can win another Ulster title and hopefully the success won't stop there!

There's one fair county in Ireland...................................

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