Omagh test is passable

March 21, 2016

•Allianz FL Division 2 Tyrone v Armagh Healy Park, Omagh, 7pm on Saturday 26th March

Armagh travel to Healy Park, Omagh on Saturday night, to take on already promoted Tyrone, as their own relegation prospects are very much in the balance. Such is the rivalry that has been built up between the counties, over the last two decades, that the outcome of every meeting between the teams is revered, no matter what other added significance, results might carry. The importance of the rivalry has not been lost elsewhere as the game will be shown live on Setanta.

Tyrone have won five out of five and will not want their unbeaten run halted by an Armagh side desperate for the points (or a point) as they try to avoid an instant return to Division Three football, as they currently languish in the relegation places. Armagh were denied a crucial point by a last gasp Galway goal at the Athletic Grounds. The lost point has confined Armagh to bottom of the table on scoring averages with 3 League points from 5 games the same as Laois and Meath. With Armagh going to Tyrone the fixtures decree in round six that Laois have to go to in-form Cavan with Meath going to Derry.

On the last day of League action Armagh are at home to Derry with Meath entertaining Laois so the importance of picking up a win or a draw in Omagh is vital to staying in Division Two.

Armagh played well against Galway with Ciaran McKeever seeing a little late action which might see him available from the start next Saturday night. Following his exploits against Galway Stefan Campbell (1-9) will be well watched by Tyrone who would like nothing better than adding a possible nail in an Armagh relegation coffin. After the mundane routine of escaping from Division Three the higher standard of Division Two is certainly throwing up some great games. Armagh are renowned underdogs and when the chips are down they can produce the unexpected results. The approach to Saturday night is going to have to be a gung-ho effort from Armagh with nothing held back as a win is a must. The boost that the u-21 squad’s demolition of Down and scoring 5-16 into the bargain will be a positive for the Seniors in their bid for divisional survival.

Whilst it may well turn out given the results from elsewhere in the division that it all will more than likely go down to the last round of fixtures the cushion of a point or two more will be an enormous help.