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Armagh remain silent on Laois' extra substitute following black card

By Declan Bogue

The Armagh county board have informed the Belfast Telegraph they will be making no public comment after it emerged that Laois may have used seven substitutes - one more than the permitted number - in their first round qualifiers win over Kieran McGeeney's side.

Laois had already used six subs when Brendan Quigley was black-carded in the 72nd minute. He was replaced by Shane Murphy. However, it is not known how many, if any, blood subs were made in the match.

Should they be found guilty of any offence, it leaves the door open for a potential - if somewhat unlikely - appeal from Armagh for a replay.

The Ulster Council's decision to host the Tyrone v Cavan replay on July 3 in Clones is set to have some deep ramifications within the fixture calendar.

The All-Ireland football qualifiers draw for round 2A was made on Monday morning, and has the loser of the Ulster semi-final replay as having a home fixture against Carlow, that very weekend.

Naturally, that has been moved back to the following weekend, but it means the semi-final loser will face three games on three consecutive weekends

Meanwhile Tyrone's top-scorer, Ronan O'Neill, says their draw against Cavan on Sunday has come as a warning they need to raise their game if they want to land the big prizes this year.

"It's a kick up the backside for us," said the Omagh St Enda's student teacher.

"We are still lucky to be in this Ulster semi-final and we will be looking forward to getting back on the training pitch to rectify mistakes made today.

"The next day we go out the goal will be to collectively and individually improve upon today's performance."

Asked if it comes as a bit of a shock after Tyrone have been tipped as the side best-equipped to take out All-Ireland champions Dublin later in the year, O'Neill replied: "Within the squad, we are not the ones saying we can put it up to Dublin and Kerry. It's people in the media."

ROUND 2A DRAW: Sligo v Leitrim, Clare v Laois, Loser of Tyrone/Cavan v Carlow, Derry v Loser of Dublin/Meath

Games to be played on July 2/3

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