Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Meath out to cut down Orchard

Coming to get you: Kildare boss Jason Ryan is ready for Armagh

Armagh manager Paul Grimley knows that his side will face a stern test against Meath in the All-Ireland qualifiers Round Four series on Saturday week.

Having lost to Dublin in yesterday's Leinster final, the Royal County have already indicated they will be intent on resurrecting their All-Ireland hopes against Grimley's men.

"Any team you meet from here on in will be among the elite and we know what to expect," states Orchard boss Grimley.

Meath had been hopeful of putting Dublin to the sword yesterday but lost by 3-20 to 1-10 in the end.

Also in Round 4B of the qualifiers, Monaghan – who lost yesterday's Ulster final to Donegal – will take on Kildare.

And while Monaghan don't have their sorrows to seek, Kildare manager Jason Ryan has cause for relief following his team's narrow 0-13 to 0-12 defeat of Clare in the qualifiers on Saturday.

Clare pushed the Lily Whites, who had been expected to dominate, to the pin of their collar and in a tense finish the Banner County might well have snatched a draw had David Tubridy's shot not veered away from the posts.

Ryan, whose side have already ended the championship aspirations of Down, is presented with the opportunity of plotting the downfall of another Ulster team.

Meanwhile, Con O'Callaghan played a captain's part as Dublin eased to a 10-point victory over holders Kildare in the Leinster MFC final at Croke Park.

The rising dual star scored 1-7 from full forward as Cyril Kevlihan's charges followed up on their 25-point semi-final demolition of Offaly with another impressive display.

In the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers, Wexford maintained their recent surge by overcoming Waterford by 3-15 to 2-15.

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