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Armagh ready to top Tipp and book their place in the decider

By Declan Bogue

Despite a patchy showing against Antrim - who had two men sent off and missed a chance to equalise with a second half penalty - Armagh have put themselves into a winner-takes-all scenario against last year's All-Ireland finalists Tipperary on Sunday.

The tide has turned for Armagh in spectacular fashion after an opening League draw with Sligo and defeat against Laois in the first two rounds.

The task ahead of them now was articulated by one of the veterans, Charlie Vernon.

"We now face a big game against Tipperary who have been going very well in the League to date and it's a major challenge for us before the start of the Ulster Championship," he said.

"Tipperary reached the All-Ireland Championship semi-finals last year and they have now gained respect as a football county so we will have to be ready for them."

Armagh have spent the last few seasons oscillating wildly between Divisions Two and Three, but victory on Sunday would send them back up once more with leaders Louth also already promoted.

"(Manager) Kieran McGeeney is very keen that we should get promotion if we can and obviously the players are all anxious to get up into Division Two," added Vernon.

"We maybe managed to run up a couple of big scores there lately but we have to keep our feet on the ground.

"However, we found it hard to get scores against Antrim and I am sure it will be no easier against Tipperary."

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