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Ulster’s big guns Armagh and Tyrone have sights set on league points

By John Campbell

Armagh and Tyrone have engaged in many intense battles over recent years but this weekend both teams find themselves in a pressurised zone as they set their sights on league points.

The Red Hands will face Laois tonight in an important Division Two tie while tomorrow Paddy O’Rourke’s side will take on Kerry in Division One.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte (pictured) was less than impressed with his team’s performance against Antrim last weekend even though they won by five points and that’s why he is demanding a much more concentrated effort against Justin McNulty’s Laois.

“We need to sustain our momentum for entire games. Laois have been doing very well and will feel comfortable at home. We have not been taking our chances to the extent that I would like and we certainly will need to show greater accuracy,” maintains Harte.

With the threat of relegation still hovering over his side, Harte knows only too well that a slip-up against Laois could have serious consequences.

Armagh meanwhile can build on the impressive form they showed against Mayo when they host Kerry at the Athletic Grounds.

The Armagh line-up will be along similar lines to that which overcame Mayo.

Tyrone (v Laois): P McConnell; C McCarron, D McCaul, D Carlin; D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin; K Hughes, A Cassidy; C Cavanagh, B McGuigan, S Cavanagh; M Penrose, S O’Neill, O Mulligan.

Armagh (probable): P McEvoy; A Mallon, B Donaghy, F Moriarty; K Dyas, C McKeever, P Duffy; K Toner, C Vernon; G Swift, BJ Padden, M Mackin; M O’Rourke, B Mallon, S McDonnell.

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