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Armagh learned valuable lesson from tight win: McCorry


Major test: Jim McCorry thinks Cavan will be big hurdle
Major test: Jim McCorry thinks Cavan will be big hurdle
John Campbell

By John Campbell

A lifetime in football both as a player and manager has long since persuaded current Armagh assistant boss Jim McCorry not to buckle under cruel heartbreak or see occasional success as a passport to untold glory.

Thus when the former Kilcoo and Down manager surveys the Orchard County's formidable mission against Cavan in Sunday's Ulster Senior Football semi-final at Clones (4pm), he does so from what he believes to be a position of stark realism.

Armagh may have ended a five-year wait to become reacquainted with an Ulster Championship win when they inched past their Mourne neighbours in a nerve-jangling quarter-final tie but while relief, hope and comfort were the overriding feelings, McCorry insists the team have absorbed "valuable lessons" from that contest.

"If you take what we missed alone in the first half when we scored once from six frees and the manner in which we lost our lead after the break, there are valuable lessons to be learned from this and we like to think that we have addressed issues such as these since that game," pointed out McCorry.

The Armagh management have thoroughly digested the manner in which Cavan stunned fancied Monaghan at the quarter-final stage and now feel they have drawn up a strategy that will help to combat the Breffni side's attacking flair.

"Cavan will obviously have taken great heart from that win and rightly so but from our perspective, while we are still a work in progress, we can build on our performance against Down," insisted McCorry.

"Our players are not concerned with what has happened in the recent past or records or anything like that, what they are concerned with is putting in their best possible performance in what will be a really tough game.

"They will be very well prepared but it is our job as management to try and pinpoint a few weaknesses and see where we can capitalise.

"It's a big challenge but having said that we are delighted to be in this position. We are conscious that we leaked three goals against Down and I assure you that this has given us some work to do since that game.

"It meant an awful lot to the players and fans for us to get over Down but now we have the chance of reaching the Ulster final and we must embrace this."

Manager Kieran McGeeney now has a stronger bench from which to draw but Cavan too have adequate resources in reserve as they underlined in the defeat of Monaghan.

"Both teams have strength in depth and this will be put to the test," added McCorry.

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