Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Charlie bounces back to give Armagh spring in step

Armagh hope to have Charlie Vernon back on board for their All Ireland Qualifier first round tie.

Vernon was forced to miss his county’s Ulster quarter-final against Tyrone last month but is now recovering well from the broken jaw he sustained in early May while playing in a challenge match against Dublin.

“It will be a bonus for us to have Charlie back on board, we could certainly be doing with him,” says Armagh manager Peter McDonnell who is keenly anticipating tomorrow night’s first round Qualifiers draw.

And while Armagh prepare to welcome back Vernon, Down hope to have Kevin McKernan and Ambrose Rodgers back in the frame

Along with Liam Doyle, they missed the Ulster Championship defeat to Fermanagh and would offer bulk and power to the Mourne side if fully fit.

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney, annoyed that Tommy Freeman has been forced to appeal his ban to the DRA, is anxious to see his team make an impact in the Qualifiers.

Monaghan’s defeat by Derry in the Ulster Championship sent shock waves through the county but McEnaney is keen to see a renaissance via the Qualifiers route.

Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke, meanwhile, is still monitoring the fitness of Ciaran McElroy who was hurt in the loss to Cavan and is also resigned to being without Mark Murphy who, it seems, is about to leave these shores again. Murphy was not available for the Ulster preliminary round championship tie against Down but it had been thought that he would be in the squad for the remainder of the summer.

Fermanagh, beaten by Wexford in the Qualifiers last year, feel they can still make a big point this year despite that setback against Tommy Carr’s side.

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