Armagh coach Kieran Donaghy celebrates a point during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Relegation play-off match between Armagh and Roscommon at Athletic Grounds in Armagh.
Armagh coach Kieran Donaghy celebrates a point during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Relegation play-off match between Armagh and Roscommon at Athletic Grounds in Armagh. 

Donaghy wary of Antrim threat in Ulster SFC quarter-final


By John Harrington

Armagh selector, Kieran Donaghy, says the Orchard County won’t underestimate the challenge of Antrim in the Ulster SFC Quarter-final on July 4.

The Saffrons won all their matches in Division 4 of the Allianz League this year to gain promotion and Donaghy is wary of the threat they will pose.

“We have a huge chance to go out against a very good Antrim side and put in a performance,” said Donaghy.

“When it comes to knockout Championship football that's the way it has to be. Antrim will be coming with such confidence, they haven't lost a game this year – they've won four and they've won all types of tight games, they've won games that haven't been the prettiest but they figured out a way to win and winning is a habit.

“They are a very dangerous obstacle and we have to be playing at our best and delivering on the stuff that we're working on on the training field.”

Antrim manager Enda McGinley has said Armagh have the best set of forwards of any county in Ulster right now, but Donaghy isn’t inclined to put that sort of pressure on his own team.

“I would say he's probably trying to talk Armagh up,” said Donaghy of McGinley’s comments.

“We have high quality forwards but I wouldn't like to be saying that our forwards are better than the other teams'. When you look around and see when Cathal McShane gets back into that Tyrone team and what Monaghan had the last day with Conor McManus, Stephen O'Hanlon and Jack McCarron when he came on the last day...they have a huge forward line as well.

“Donegal are Donegal and Cavan are the Ulster champions, so I'm not going to profess anything. Our group have a lot to work on and to give them credit, they are putting a huge amount of time into it and we will continue to work hard.

“We are where we are and we're trying to go somewhere and I don't think you can profess that kind of stuff until you win things. We have a lot of stuff to be working on.”