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Burns fit and did not suffer concussion, say Armagh

Green light: Armagh’s Jarlath Óg Burns has been given the all clear
Green light: Armagh’s Jarlath Óg Burns has been given the all clear
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Armagh sources have once again moved to clarify that their young midfielder Jarlath Og Burns did not suffer any form of concussion from their drawn Ulster semi-final against Cavan.

As reported previously, the Silverbridge man felt unwell after the replay and left the ground in an ambulance to attend Cavan General Hospital, where he was treated for the effects of dehydration.

Between the two games, Burns was treated and observed for signs of concussion by the medical team and was able to take part in a strenuous fitness test the night before the game.

As a precaution, he is booked in to have an MRI test today, while he has also been seen by a doctor since Sunday for further tests.

The Armagh medical camp are satisfied that they followed correct procedure through the process and that Burns was fit to play.

Elsewhere, Tyrone's Tiernan McCann will be given a one-game suspension by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee.

It comes after the Red Hands defender was caught on camera putting his hand around the face of Donegal opponent Stephen McMenamin, and his boot then landing on McMenamin's face during their Ulster semi-final defeat last Saturday.

As the case was not dealt with at the time by referee David Gough, it has been escalated up to the national level of disciplinary bodies.

Any GAA suspension has an invite to accept it. Should Tyrone accept, then McCann will miss their June 22 qualifier away to Longford.

Meanwhile, Donegal attacker Paddy McBrearty has stated that the lack of respect afforded to his side motivated them to beat Tyrone and reach their eighth final in nine years.

"I don't think we got the respect we deserved throughout the country, we were big underdogs going into that game, so it is what it is," said the Kilcar man.

"A lot of us are going for our fifth Ulster title so it's probably something we only dreamed of when we started off in 2011. They are sweeter with everyone one you get, so we are looking forward to it and we know it is going to be tough."

It was a long winter for McBrearty as he made his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury, but the thought of playing Tyrone spurred him on.

"I probably had this game earmarked more than any," he said. "I had 11 months to prepare for this game, it didn't go to plan in the first half and things opened up in the second half, so I'm delighted.

"It's a stage like that that I craved to be back for. Things open up, they come, so it's all about being patient."

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