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Hughes demands more

By Declan Bogue

The tie of the round in the Armagh Senior Football Championship is the round two qualifier between Pearse Óg and Dromintee.

Both clubs have had to deal with hard times recently. Dromintee lost Peter Hughes in that tragic road accident, therefore postponing this game, while Pearse Óg's Ronan Clarke had to be put in an induced coma following a collision with a goalpost in a game against Maghery.

Brendan Hughes, Pearse Ógs manager when they broke the Crossmaglen stranglehold on the Armagh Championship in 2009, is back in charge and he will demand a stronger performance than the Maghery display. He should get it.

There is a full programme of games in the Down senior football Championship, and a novel pairing is Liatroim against Bryansford. It brings Shane King, formerly of Lisnaskea and Fermanagh, but also of Bryansford and Down, up against his old club as manager of Liatroim.

An interesting battle occurs between Clonduff and Ballyholland in Pairc Esler on Saturday evening with Ballyholland slight favourites, but the headliner on Saturday night is at the county grounds where Longstone - who are definitely without Ambrose Rogers who has suffered a cruciate ligament injury - face Castlewellan.

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