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O'Neill is fired up for quest to bring Armagh into the top tier

 

Oisin O'Neill has waited patiently for the start of the Allianz League in order to allow him to make up for lost time.

A troublesome injury kept the Crossmaglen Rangers ace out of action for some six months last year but now O'Neill is welcoming a return to the cut and thrust of inter-county fare.

While he was on duty with Armagh in the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, O'Neill perceives the league to be a significant step up.

Yet the challenge which a demanding itinerary in Division Two now offers certainly tickles his taste buds.

"Obviously Division Two is going to be very competitive because of the quality of sides that are in there," stressed O'Neill.

"Our opening game is against Cavan this Saturday night and although they are still missing players, we imagine that they will be stronger than they were when we beat them in the McKenna Cup at Kingspan Breffni earlier this month.

"The fact that we have home advantage this time could be said to weigh in our favour but we are not reading too much into that.

"All we are interested in is getting a positive result that might hopefully kick-start our bid to try and get into Division One."

Along with his brother Rian, O'Neill can bring power and a subtle scoring touch into play for an Orchard team that looks certain to include Aidan Nugent and Jason Duffy in attack.

And Conor Turbitt, who was outstanding in getting some game time in the McKenna Cup, is also likely to see action.

Belfast Telegraph