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Armagh must keep powering on as the stakes rise, insists Kernan

By John Campbell

Former Armagh player Aaron Kernan is urging the team to build on last Saturday's Allianz League Division Three final win over Fermanagh when the sides resume their rivalry in the Ulster Championship next month.

Kernan, one of the most stylish players the Orchard County has produced, won a shoal of honours with his club Crossmaglen Rangers and Armagh.

He believes that the third instalment of the Fermanagh v Armagh rivalry this season will be "at a different level altogether" to their two recent meetings.

"I would happily have taken the two-point win we got on Saturday in the league final before the game took place," smiled Kernan. "It was always going to be a battle and obviously the Championship match will take things to a different level altogether."

Kernan is convinced that Armagh's young guns are stepping up to the mark, but the return of one more experienced player affords him special satisfaction.

"I was never as happy to see a man make an appearance as I was when Kevin Dyas was introduced," said Kernan. "The mental strength he has shown in overcoming constant setbacks is simply astonishing.

"I hope he gets the chance to show what we have been missing. It's great to see him back after all he has been through."

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