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Ryan McCluskey wants form gauge for Championship

Published 25/04/2015

Ryan McCluskey of Fermanagh
Ryan McCluskey of Fermanagh

Fermanagh's Ryan McCluskey claims that this weekend's Division Three final against Armagh is the perfect method to gauge where their form is, prior to the Championship.

The Enniskillen Gaels centre-back warned: "Despite what way the result pans out or if we win the game and are successful, a true reflection of our success this year will be how we get on in the game and how we have progressed from that last game against them."

Referring to the dramatic draw in the Athletic Grounds when Fermanagh came with a late rally to level the game, McCluskey added: "I thought that they were far better than us the last day, outclassed us and dominated us all over the pitch.

"I think they took their foot off the pedal at times and missed a couple of crucial scores.

"We are lucky in that we have the opportunity to play a game that we can turn it into a Championship-type game where you are in a period of drier conditions, you are in the best pitch in the country - outside of Brewster Park - but you are on the best ground in the country.

"The game changes this time of the year, it is a quicker pace and it will be a better reflection of what we will encounter when it comes to our Championship game against Antrim; it will be a better pace."

Fermanagh have not won a trophy at Croke Park since the Vocational School's triumph of 1966.

McCluskey himself has lost two league finals; the 2012 Division Four final to Wicklow, and the 2008 Division Three final to Wexford and admits he would love a medal.

FERMANAGH (v Armagh, Div 3 final): T Treacy; M Jones, T Daly, M O'Brien; B Mulrone, R McCluskey, N Cassidy; R Jones (C), R O'Callaghan; P McCusker, R Corrigan, D McCusker; T Corrigan, S Quigley, C Flaherty

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