ULSTER SFC: ARMAGH RETAIN HOME ADVANTAGE DESPITE ISSUES OVER CAPACITY

first_imgULSTER SFC: ARMAGH have retained home advantage despite calls from some quarters to move the eagerly anticipated clash to a bigger venue. The Athletic Grounds in Armagh has a capacity of around 18,000 but demands for the Ulster SFC quarter-final clash between The Orchard County and Donegal to be switched to an alternative venue have fallen on deaf ears.Donegal’s reward for a bruising win over Tyrone on Sunday is a tough encounter against an Armagh side that have been buoyed by the return of former All-Ireland winning captain  Kieran McGeeney.Armagh were desperately unlucky against Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final last season and will be quietly confident of causing an upset. Ulster Council spokesman John Connolly told The Belfast Telegraph that there will be no switch.“The Armagh County Board have worked hard to transform the Athletic Grounds into an up-to-date stadium and obviously the fact that Donegal will be playing there next month is a plum tie for Kieran McGeeney’s side.“The match between Donegal and Tyrone was a terrific game and we like to think that this has served to lay down a marker for the Ulster championship.“There are other matches scheduled to take place in the interim but there is no doubt that Armagh v Donegal has a special ring to it.” Armagh official Sean McStay added, “County boards like ourselves make considerable effort and go to huge expenditure to refurbish grounds in the hope of getting plum home fixtures such as this one we are getting against Donegal.“This is what makes all the sacrifice worthwhile.“It is well-known that Armagh boast a huge fan base and naturally everyone wants to see them take on the Ulster champions in their own back yard.”ULSTER SFC: ARMAGH RETAIN HOME ADVANTAGE DESPITE ISSUES OVER CAPACITY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armaghdonegalGAAnewsSportUlster SFClast_img

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