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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rossies have enough firepower to shade tight encounter with reborn Orchard men

ALL-ireland sfc round 3b

Roscommon v armagh

(Dr Hyde Park, Tonight, 5.0, 
Live Sky Sports 3)

ACCORDING to Peter McDonnell - the Armagh selector tasked with talking to the media through their ban on such activity - their players were "in tears" after beating Tyrone in Omagh last weekend.

Which tells you more about Armagh these last five or six years than anything else.

To miss out on an Ulster final like that did can be a cruel development for a team still finding their level so it was, given the historical symbolism, quite the coup.

Strangely then, Paul Grimley (pictured, right) broke his vow of silence this week to deny reports he would be standing aside for Kieran McGeeney's elevation to top office at the end of the season.

Roscommon, meanwhile, went to Cavan - a team with whom they seemed surgically attached earlier this year - and won by 11 points.

Which in itself, is a strong statistic.

Let alone kicking 16 points on a team so defensively orientated as Cavan.

Roscommon by a whisker.

ODDS: Roscommon 5/6, Draw 15/2, Armagh 13/10

VERDICT: Armagh

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