Dublin set for clash with Armagh

THE clash of Dublin and Armagh is the standout fixture from last night’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier third round draw.

Pat Gilroy’s men, who defeated Tipperary on Saturday, were first out of the hat and will have home advantage at Croke Park for Saturday’s clash.

Facing them are an Orchard County side who recorded a four points win (0-11 to 0-7) over Fermanagh yesterday with Stevie McDonnell in inspirational form.

The Armagh squad watched the draw together and centre back Ciarán McKeever wasn’t downplaying the difficulty of their task in the capital.

He said: “We were back at the hotel after the game getting something to eat and watching the draw on telly. It is a tough draw but we just have to be ready and get back to the drawing board tomorrow. It is the draw that all the fans wanted. It will be a tough game but it should make for some day in Croke Park on Saturday.

“We are happy enough with today’s performance, it was all about getting into the hat for the draw for the next round.’’

Meanwhile Cork have been handed a trip to Wexford Park, and will have to plan without dual star Eoin Cadogan following the Rebels’ Munster SHC final draw with Waterford yesterday.

Cork boss Conor Counihan described the pairing against the side who knocked Galway out of the championship as “a tough draw”.

Counihan said: “They had a very good win the weekend against Galway and that was a big win for them. The fact that they’ve had a tough game will stand to them, as they got a bigger test than we did at the weekend.

“They showed their worth in travelling up to Galway to get a result, which isn’t an easy place to go to get a victory. We have to travel as well which is not easy, as home advantage it always a good thing to have. We’ll have to prepare well for it.”

Wexford captain David Murphy is relishing a crack against the Munster giants on home turf.

“My gut reaction is that I was delighted with the home draw but would have preferred a team other than Cork.

“It was one of the most difficult games out there but we are happy to have the game in Wexford Park. We said from the outset that we would be happy with a home draw and that gives us a great boost.”

Murphy reported a clean bill of health after their Pearse Stadium heroics on Saturday afternoon.

“Naturally lads are sore and tired after the Galway game but we had a get together in the pool and there were no injuries to report. We are all back training on Monday night and looking forward to the game.

“It is a great opportunity for Wexford football to put their mark on the championship. But Cork are still one of the favourites for the All-Ireland, it is a difficult draw.”

The side’s most recent history was a league clash last year, a game which Murphy would prefer to forget.

We played them in the middle of our bad run and got a bit of a trimming. We have a much stronger squad at the moment and wouldn’t be reading too much into that game last year.”

Meanwhile Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare were drawn away to Derry while Offaly’s reward for victory over Waterford is a home tie against a resurgent Down.

The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee will meet today when all times, dates and venues for the various qualifier games will be confirmed.

*All-Ireland SF Qualifiers (R3):Dublin v Armagh, Wexford v Cork, Derry v Kildare, Offaly v Down.


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