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Orchard are under no illusions, says Grainne Kelly


Up for the Cup: Grainne Kelly is ready for Roscommon battle

Up for the Cup: Grainne Kelly is ready for Roscommon battle

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Up for the Cup: Grainne Kelly is ready for Roscommon battle

Armagh camogie joint-captain Grainne Kelly has insisted that her side will be taking nothing for granted as they gear up to face Roscommon in what she expects to be a "very tough, very physical game" in today's National League Division Three final (Kinnegad, Westmeath, 2pm).

The Orchard girls were at the same venue for their League semi-final win over Dublin and go into this decider seeking to maintain their 100 per cent record after five straight wins in the competition.

Undoubtedly, their tightest win was the single-pointer over the Dubs in the last-four, but the next closest margin was four points against Roscommon in Camlough. Physiotherapist Kelly, a Granemore clubwoman, urges caution with the high expectation.

"It hasn't gone too badly for us. It has gone well, but I don't think necessarily that the scoreline in a lot of our games reflected the play on the pitch," she said. "It was a very tough, very physical game against Roscommon in the league round. I think they probably have a lot more to throw at us and I don't think we are under any illusions."

Armagh are managed by former dual county player Jim McCormack of Keady and former county hurler Paddy McArdle of Middletown. Kelly speaks of how united the entire group are.

"They do an awful lot of work behind the scenes," she said of the administrators. "Aoife Woods, Paula McGuigan and Amanda McGoldrick do a large amount of work for us and have things organised so we don't have to worry about anything.

"We have had tough games against Roscommon every time that we have played them in previous years. We know they will put everything into us.

"Our minors winning their All-Ireland Championship on Saturday past has been a big boost. The spirit is good in the camp and things are looking positive. We all know we have a big game to put in and we are not under any illusions."

Belfast Telegraph