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Orchard manager Kieran McGeeney fears costly errors

By Declan Bogue

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney is a man prepared to take all the pressure off his players ahead of their opening Championship clash against defending Ulster champions Donegal.

McGeeney has identified their greatest difficulty as eliminating sloppy mistakes picked up from a season in Division Three.

"The biggest challenge for us is that we are stepping from Division Three into Division One," said McGeeney.

"We played a challenge game against Cork and we saw the mistakes that we got away with before, but will not get away with on June 14.

"The sloppy passes, giving someone a purple patch and trying to soak it up; those kind of things.

"You do that to teams who play at a different level of intensity and they can put five or six points up in a split second. You do that against Donegal, you are going to find it hard to claw that back."

"They already have a game behind them and it is going to be an intense battle."

Armagh lost the All-Ireland quarter-final to same opposition last year, when Donegal just did enough to win despite playing within themselves.

"They can probably compete without going to the same level because of their history and belief. That is where the game is lying," said McGeeney.

Armagh have been kicking their heels for over seven weeks since they beat Fermanagh in the league final.

However, McGeeney said the wait would do them some good in getting players back to fitness.

"We probably enjoyed the length of time because we went through the Division Three league campaign we were without a lot of players," he said.

"We have had a good few injuries. The big thing about this gap is whether we have time to get these fellas up to that level."

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