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McGeeney hopes Armagh's luck is in

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Amagh manager Kieran McGeeney has watched his side "throw away" two points by drawing their two opening Allianz League Division Two games against Kildare and Clare, and now he is looking for a much more convincing last-quarter performance against Meath on Sunday.

The loss of star man Jamie Clarke to a red card in the first half, the concession of two controversial goals, the late dismissal of Aaron McKay and the spurning of several scoring opportunities did, on the surface, comprise a depressing narrative for the Orchard County.

But McGeeney is prepared to factor in a ration of ill-luck and what he deems to have been some dubious refereeing calls as he sets his sights on what he hopes will prove a first league win when Meath form the opposition at Navan on Sunday.

"I don't think you can do much about the refereeing calls," stated McGeeney, who is never one to look for excuses.

"No matter how well a team train, no matter how hard they work out on the pitch, you can't determine the calls that are made for you or indeed against you.

"It's all a matter of how you respond to it.

"I thought against Clare, when we lost one of our marquee forwards early on the lads responded well, and although we had only 14 men for the greater part, and considering the shots that we missed, I thought we still posted a reasonable score."

Meath, though, could prove a difficult proposition for his side, who have tended to concede some scores rather easily.

"They're sitting on two points and so are we.

"They will probably still feel aggrieved by the way in which they lost to Donegal, who got a fortuitous goal very near the end. I think they will look to push on from here and make this home game count," said McGeeney.

And in reflecting wryly on his side's travails to date, the coach added: "It seems you have to play a certain type of game to get luck.

"You shouldn't have to do this to get luck to go in your direction."

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