Donegal selector Paul McGonigle is well aware of the threat posed by Armagh having been on the wrong end of a few Ulster defeats in his time as a player with the county and the Buncrana man is taking absolutely nothing for granted ahead of Saturday’s quarter final against the Orchard county. “We watched them three times in the Ulster championship and also in Croke Park last week and we are expecting a real tough, hard physical battle to the very end,” said McGonigle.
The big Buncrana man believes that Armagh will present a very similar challenge to the one Monaghan presented in Clones three weeks ago. “We believe they will set up much like Monaghan, they will rely on their defensive structure, will be very physical and they are also very dangerous on the break. “With Paul Grimley and Ciaran McGeeney in charge, it certainly wont be a place for the feint hearted,” he insisted.
McGonigle has been very happy with how preparations have been going ahead of Saturday’s quarter final. “The week after the Ulster final we took it very easy to give the boys time to recover, but we have stepped it up since and we had a very good camp in Mullingar last week although it rained for 48 straight hours,” he laughed.
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