Donegal v Armagh preview & live score updates

Updated: April 8, 2012

We have live score updates from the division one clash of Donegal v Armagh.


Donegal and Armagh meet in Ballybofey(2.30)this Sunday, in an all Ulster clash, in the final round of matches in Division One of the Allianz National Football League. Both these sides still have plenty to play for and an interesting afternoon looks in store.

Armagh are on five points as things stand and depending on other results this weekend, they could either make the semi-finals or be relegated. Donegal on the other hand, are fighting for survival in Division One and need a win this Sunday if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop. A win for either county would not surprise and on paper there is very little between the sides.

The Orchard County made a very promising start to the campaign but have slipped up along the way. An opening day draw against Cork and round two victory over Kerry should have set them up for the rest of the league. However, defeats to Mayo, Dublin and Laois,left their season in tatters. To their credit, they managed to regain some composure and saw off Down by a point in the last round. That was a huge win for the side and may be just the catalyst they needed to get their season back on track.

Donegal have struggled this season and found the step up to the top tier very difficult. A shock win over Cork and a heavy defeat of Mayo are all that the side have to shown from their campaign to date. The element of surprise that they carried in 2011 has long since faded and counties have found a way to penetrate the blanket defence that Jim McGuiness has employed. While they are now one of the also rans of the division,they remain difficult to beat at home, and having Sunday’s tie in Ballybofey gives them a chance of claiming the points and avoiding relegation.

The visitors are probably the better footballers and despite having to concede home advantage, Armagh are given a narrow verdict to take the points and keep remain in the top flight for at least another season.

Verdict: Armagh

Armagh (NFL v Donegal): P McEvoy; A Mallon, B Donaghy, D McKenna; P Duffy, C McKeever, F Moriarty; J Lavery, C Vernon; B Mallon, BJ Padden, A Duffy; M Stevenson, C Rafferty, K Dyas.

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