Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Cavan youngsters concern Grimley

Armagh manager Paul Grimley believes that Cavan have been handed a massive boost for the forthcoming Ulster senior football championship now that the Breffni Under-21 squad has clinched a third successive provincial crown.

Grimley's side will meet Cavan in the preliminary of the senior series on May 19 and the orchard county boss acknowledges that the trip to Kingspan Breffni Park has now become even more intimidating.

"I watched Cavan overcome Down in the Under-21 semi-final and then in the final against Donegal and there is no doubt they have a raft of talent coming through," observes Grimley.

"I liked what I saw but I know that our task has not been made any easier now. Obviously the fact that we have managed to survive in Division Two has given us all a lift but the championship will take things to the next level for us."

Cavan lost their final league game to Roscommon after which manager Terry Hyland was left to rue a succession of mistakes and missed chances but Grimley is taking this game in context.

"Cavan were relatively safe in Division Three and might not have been going flat out," he points out.

"We on the other hand had to pull out all the stops against Galway to get the win we needed and then when Laois beat Wexford we were safe.

"But we had sailed close to the wind and we have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks in the lead up to this game against Cavan."

It is expected that currently suspended skipper Ciaran McKeever and perhaps the globetrotting Jamie Clarke will be back in the Armagh line-up for this game while Grimley hopes that Brendan Donaghy and Charlie Vernon will be fully fit.

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