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Armagh on edge as heartbreaker Quinlivan boosts Tipp

 

By John Campbell

Michael Quinlivan's introduction as a Tipperary substitute in the 48th minute of their All-Ireland qualifier win against Cavan last weekend has since been noted with rather more than a frisson of apprehension in Armagh

The orchard county will take on Tipperary in Round 3B of the qualifiers at Semple Stadium, Thurles today conscious that Quinlivan proved a heart-breaker in their final league game when in a stunning solo show he scored 3-1 of his side's total in their 3-8 to 0-16 victory, a result that consigned Armagh to another term in Division Three.

For a portion of the time since that game Quinlivan has been out of action through injury but the manner in which he teased the Cavan defence during his cameo role last weekend has not been lost on Armagh skipper Rory Grugan.

"That was a big result for Tipperary and they will be keen to build on it," maintains Grugan.

Today players like Ciaron O'Hanlon, Niall Grimley, Stephen Sheridan and Blaine Hughes will get another chance to step up to the mark.

Grugan, along with Brendan Donaghy, Charlie Vernon, Jamie Clarke and Aidan Forker, can provide leadership and inspiration.

Meanwhile, Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke is adopting a cautious approach as his team prepare to face surprise packet Carlow.

Not surprisingly, O'Rourke confirms an unchanged line-up following last weekend's handsome win over Wexford.

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