Geezer: we can win Ulster

April 27th, 2015 | Football

Geezer: we can win Ulster

Kieran McGeeney believes that his Armagh team can win an Ulster title this year despite playing in Division III.
The Orchard County won the third tier title at Croke Park on Saturday evening, beating Fermanagh 0-16 to 0-11 in the final despite playing more than half of the game with just 14 men.
McGeeney admits that most provincial winners these days come from Division I and occasionally the second rung of football’s ladder.
That doesn’t mean that he is ruling out his side’s chances of lifting the Anglo Celt Cup in a few months’ time, however.
“If you’re looking for provincial winners people will look at Division I and most of them are in there. There’s not much point in trying to say otherwise,” he conceded.
“That’s what we’ll aspire to because that’s what we’re here to do. All we can do is try to build to that level and try to get there. We have good players and in the League we’ve unearthed a few good players.
“I believe we’re capable of competing for an Ulster title. There are so many permutations and parameters that are outside your control, but we’re definitely capable of competing for it.”
Armagh were reduced to 14 men when Finnian Moriarty was shown his second yellow card after just 25 minutes.
McGeeney, the 2002 All-Ireland winning captain, isn’t a man to throw out praise easily so whilst he was happy to win he also was quick to point out some of his side’s mistakes.
“We played very poorly as well – we missed about four open goals. But, any time you win in Croke Park is a good one so it’s good from that point of view,” he said.
“It’s very important to us. I read somewhere that the only thing less important than the Division II final was the Division III and IV finals. But that’s the competition we’re in and it’s the only one we can win. It’s important and it’s good to be back up in Division II so that we can compete with the stronger teams.”



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