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Main man McGeeney is calling on Armagh to curb errors

By John Campbell

Published 27/06/2015

Clear aim: Kieran McGeeney wants to see a clinical edge
Clear aim: Kieran McGeeney wants to see a clinical edge

Redemption is the name of the game for Armagh and manager Kieran McGeeney with Wicklow sharing a similar goal at the Athletic Grounds today in an All-Ireland Round One football qualifier (2.30pm).

Since that feeble Ulster Championship quarter-final capitulation against Donegal earlier this month, Armagh's stock has plummeted - so much so, indeed, that doubts are now being expressed about the team's ability to sustain their new-found status in Division Two of the Allianz League.

McGeeney, conscious that his side will come under a media microscope, has already laid down the law - there can be no repetition of the mistakes that littered the showing against Donegal.

"All we can do is take one game at a time and we are guaranteed nothing more than an outing against Wicklow as things stand," insisted McGeeney.

"We had scoring chances, including goal opportunities, against Donegal but did not take them. We have to take our chances against Wicklow, that's absolutely essential. We cannot afford poor decision-making or allow ourselves to be forced into errors."

While Armagh were playing second fiddle to Donegal, Wicklow were making their exit from the Leinster Championship - but only after offering considerably more resistance than their Orchard County counterparts.

In scoring 3-12 to Meath's winning tally of 2-19, Wicklow laid down a marker that they could prove formidable opponents today.

McGeeney brings in Sean Connell at left-full-back, moves Andy Mallon to right-half-back, pairs Caolan Rafferty and Ethan Rafferty at midfield and opts for Stefan Campbell and Andrew Murnin in his full-forward line.

From Armagh's perspective, much-improved performances will be required from Tony Kernan, Jamie Clarke and Aidan Forker in attack if the team is to flourish.

ARMAGH: M McNeice; M Murray, C Vernon, S Connell; A Mallon, C McKeever, J Morgan; C Rafferty, E Rafferty; A Forker, M McKenna, T Kernan; S Campbell, A Murnin, J Clarke.

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