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Faulkner ready to write a happy ending for Breffni men for Armagh clash

By John Campbell

Published 12/05/2016

Trophy tonic: Cavan’s Padraig Faulkner with his award
Trophy tonic: Cavan’s Padraig Faulkner with his award

Cavan defender Padraig Faulkner has fired out a warning to Armagh in advance of the forthcoming Ulster Championship quarter-final match between the counties.

"We were disappointed that we did not beat Tyrone in the recent Division Two final but we intend to make up for that when we meet Armagh," he said.

"Tyrone made it difficult for us and we know that Kieran McGeeney's side will be keen to avenge the defeat they suffered at our hands earlier in the league."

Faulkner's ability to track opponents was never more in evidence than against Tyrone when he was tasked with keeping tabs on three different players at various stages of the game.

And it was the 21-year-old's defensive skills that have now helped him become the latest winner of the Quinn Products Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award.

"I'm overwhelmed to get this honour especially in the build-up to the championship," he said.

He will again be at the heart of the Cavan defence when Armagh strive to regain lost credibility following their 3-18 to 0-10 hammering at the Breffni side's hands in the fourth round of the league - a setback that played no small part in Armagh's demotion to Division Three.

"We are at home again in the championship but we know that Armagh will come at us strongly. They were hurt by their league defeat and will want to overturn that result," added Faulkner.

Also in the mix for the writers' award were Fermanagh captain Eoin Donnelly, who starred against Tyrone in the league's final round, and Donegal hotshot striker Geraldine McLaughlin, who helped her team into the Lidl Ladies' NL Division 2 final.

Faulkner received an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House, training gear from O'Neill's International Sports and a medical kit bag from Kingsbridge Private Hospital via 3FiveTwo organised by McNeill Communications.

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