Tyrone still so strong, admits Armagh's Grimley
The notion that Tyrone’s defeat to Kildare in Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division Two final might make them rather more vulnerable when they confront Armagh in the Ulster Championship was described as “laughable” by Orchard County assistant manager Paul Grimley.
Armagh and Tyrone have claimed 10 Ulster titles between them since 1999 and their clash at the Morgan Athletic Grounds on June 10 has been regarded as the must-see match of the summer since the championship draw was made last October.
Grimley, currently helping manager Paddy O’Rourke to monitor an injury situation that continues to give cause for concern, believes that the Red Hands will now be even more fired up for the championship.
“I regard the outcome of Sunday’s match as totally and absolutely irrelevant in terms of the championship,” stated Grimley.
“Anyone who thinks that Tyrone will be a bit more suspect is labouring under an illusion.
“Tyrone will certainly carry no baggage into the Ulster Championship and, while we have to be thankful that we are at home, it won’t faze Mickey’s boys in the least to be facing us there.
“We have Gavin McParland back training but Rory Grugan has suffered a bit of a setback. Eugene McVerry is still out because of a dislocated elbow.”