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Armagh's Jarlath Óg Burns did not suffer concussion, insists McConville


Close watch: Jarlath Óg Burns is tracked by Cavan’s Stephen Murray
Close watch: Jarlath Óg Burns is tracked by Cavan’s Stephen Murray
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Armagh sources have confirmed that midfielder Jarlath Óg Burns was discharged from Cavan General Hospital on Sunday night, after feeling the effects of dehydration following their Ulster semi-final replay loss to Cavan.

The Silverbridge man had been taken off during their drawn game a week before after colliding with a team-mate. Armagh assistant manager Jim McCorry clarified that it was not a concussion injury, as had been reported.

A statement released yesterday by Armagh GAA said: "We can confirm that following yesterday's game, Jarly Óg Burns was taken to hospital. He was discharged shortly after arrival and returned home last night. Our experienced medical team will continue to assess and monitor Jarly Óg."

Speaking at the All-Ireland Qualifiers Round Two draw in RTÉ studios, former Armagh All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville said of Burns: "Yesterday was nothing to do with concussion.

"He was dehydrated and exhausted. I believe he's doing fine now."

The Orchard County will be hoping he can make a full recovery to face Monaghan in Clones in what is the pick of the Round Two Qualifiers draw.

Over the weekend, all the Ulster teams won their games - apart from Fermanagh, of course, who were edged out by Monaghan.

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has a strong record in these circumstances.

"It's the Qualifiers, you think you could have a good draw and you have a bad one. I don't even watch it. Someone tells you about it and you just get on with it," he said after the Cavan game.

"I think they will be disappointed that they didn't take the chances that were presented.

"It's different when you don't get chances and you played very little. But they played some nice ball, it was just a bit like the last day, we had three or four goal chances towards the end and when you don't take them..."

Explaining his knack with Kildare and latterly Armagh in the back-door system, McGeeney added: "It's just more open. There is probably just not as much fear in it.

"Maybe most teams just have a cut because it is the last chance. It tends to suit our football when you are trying to play that way.

"It's like everything else, sometimes you need a kick-start in it, and if you can get that you can get on a roll and get to the Super 8s."

Meanwhile, Tyrone are expecting to discover the fate of defender Tiernan McCann today.

The wing-back was caught on camera during Saturday night's semi-final loss against Donegal making contact with rival defender Stephen McMenamin's face, before his boot came down on his head.

The incident was not dealt with by matchday referee David Gough and so if he is to be sanctioned it will be by the Central Competitions Control Committee, rather than the Ulster Council.

The CCCC meet today to decide venues for the Round Two Qualifiers and might consider a two-game ban for McCann on the 'recklessly endangering an opponent' rule.

Tyrone have been knocked out of the Ulster Championship for the second year in a row after a defeat in a game which they were tipped to win.

After losing to Monaghan last year, they regrouped through the Qualifiers and ended up playing on five consecutive weeks through the back-door and into the Super 8s.

Interestingly, the only years Tyrone have not managed to make it to the quarter-finals were in 2004, 2006 - both years after they won the All-Ireland title - and 2014 when they lost a Round Two Qualifier against Armagh in Omagh.

The Red Hands have drawn Longford in a game that is expected to take place on June 22, the day before the Ulster final, and they will be travelling to Pearse Park.

It's a road familiar to Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, who summed up their task by saying: "Well, there's not much choice. It's good that the Qualifiers exist because otherwise we'd be out of the Championship by now.

"At least we have this second chance and historically we've made a decent hand out of availing of that opportunity.

"Again, it's all to do with the luck of the draw and who you get in the first Qualifier you play and do you get a chance to gain momentum before you meet some serious, serious opponents, so that's all in the lap of the gods now."

Turning his attention back to the Donegal defeat, he added: "We don't believe we're a bad team just because we lost a game.

"We had a very good finish to the league and were in an All-Ireland final last year and one defeat in the Ulster Championship shouldn't really take away from all of that.

"It was just a bad day, we didn't perform as well as we can and there's obviously always two reasons for that - perhaps we didn't play as well as we can but the opposition have a lot to do with that as well."

The Round Two All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers draw:

Westmeath v Limerick

Longford v Tyrone

Antrim v Kildare

Leitrim v Clare

Down v Mayo

Derry v Laois

Offaly v Sligo

Monaghan v Armagh

(Dates,times and venues to be confirmed)

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