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Nicky Rackard Cup Round 2A, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone 9/5/2015
Tyrone vs Armagh 
Tyrone's Dermot Begley with Armagh's Ryan Gaffney
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Nicky Rackard Cup Round 2A, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone 9/5/2015 Tyrone vs Armagh Tyrone's Dermot Begley with Armagh's Ryan Gaffney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

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Nicky Rackard Cup Round 2A, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone 9/5/2015 Tyrone vs Armagh Tyrone's Dermot Begley with Armagh's Ryan Gaffney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Eoin McGuinness is focused on making the net ripple at Croke Park today - and if he does, Armagh could return home with the Nicky Rackard Cup.

The burly full-forward has been making an impact this year and in the semi-final against Donegal it was his goal that paved the way for his team's 1-19 to 1-11 victory.

Now McGuinness, whose predatory instincts have served the Orchard County well in the competition, will bring his hunger for scores to Headquarters.

But he is nonetheless aware that Armagh's track record could count for little against a fit, abrasive Roscommon side that has looked impressive to date in the tournament.

"Records count for nothing when you get to a final in Croke Park," declared McGuinness.

"Roscommon will be there looking to get their hands on the trophy as well and it's whatever happens on the day.

"But our preparation and indeed everything we have done to date allows us to feel that we can maybe come out with a win."

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Sylvester McConnell heads up a dynamic Armagh management team that includes people of the calibre of Eoin Cadogan, John Crossey and Liam Ross.

"We have an excellent management set-up and with the effort that the players have been putting in, the hope is that we can really build on this foundation," continued McGuinness.

Roscommon showed in beating Tyrone in the semi-final that they are a strongly-focused, competitive side who adhere to an open, attacking style.

"They will definitely make it difficult," added McGuinness.


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