Armagh get the job done
Armagh rapped out a sharp message that there is no hint of a lingering malaise following their humiliation by Monaghan in the Ulster Championship when they clinically dispatched an inept Donegal outfit from the All Ireland Qualifiers at Crossmaglen yesterday.
Despite being shorn of the services of Ronan Clarke, Ryan Henderson and Kieran Toner (all injured) and Brian Mallon (suspended), Armagh’s brand of slick, penetrative football had virtually sealed Donegal’s fate by the half-way stage – and, by extension, the future of their manager John Joe Doherty, who is expected to step down.
If Armagh proved a potent collective force, then in Jamie Clarke and Gareth Swift they paraded two lesser luminaries whose stunning contributions have not only condemned Donegal to the wilderness but have underlined that Paddy O’Rourke’s reinvigorated team could go on a run in the yet enjoy an extended tenure in the Qualifiers.
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