Armagh brimming with confidence

Armagh's Ciaran McKeever
Armagh's Ciaran McKeever

After excellent wins last weekend, both Armagh and Laois will be brimming with confidence going into their clash at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening.

Jamie Clarke hit 0-11 for the Orchard County as they recorded their first win of the campaign last weekend, a 0-19 to 2- 10 away defeat of Meath, despite being short a number of key players including captain Ciaran McKeever.

On Sunday, Derry and Tyrone continue their quest for league success against Cork and Kerry respectively. Derry are in second place in the table on five points, just ahead of Tyrone due to a superior scoring difference.

Brian McIver’s men have real momentum behind them and will face into the long journey south full of confidence.

“We’ll not be going down there just to play a game. We’ll definitely want to get a result, just as we did when we went to Kerry,” said Oak Leaf defender Kevin Johnston this week.

“We’re playing with loads of confidence. When you’ve won, you can look forward. There’s a great spirit in the squad and we’re playing with great confidence.”

Tyrone have started 2014 in flying form. Last week’s incredible win over Kildare saw them hit two goals in injury time to come from five points behind. Boss Mickey Harte has already named his side, with five changes from that victory in Newbridge. Shay McGuigan and Paddy McNeice come into the attack in place of Conan Grugan and Conor McAliskey, while in defence, PJ Quinn, Danny McBride and Ronan McNabb slot in while Aidan McCrory, Ciarán McGinley and Ryan McKenna step aside.

Saturday: Armagh v Laois

Sunday: Div 1: Cork v Derry, Kerry v Tyrone; Div 2: Donegal v Meath, Galway v Down, Monaghan v Louth; Div 3: Cavan v Sligo, Fermanagh v Roscommon; Div 4: Carlow v Antrim