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Donegal can win hard hitting grudge match

ULSTER SFC quarter-final


(Athletic Grounds, Tomorrow, 2.0, Live RTÉ2)

KIERAN McGEENEY'S recent assertion that Dublin and Kerry are the two most physical teams in Ireland will surely come under minute scrutiny here.

And Ciarán McKeever's statement that Armagh will be playing "the best team in Ireland" tomorrow afternoon in the Athletic Grounds will surely be the last complement passed between these teams, if last year's All-Ireland quarter-final is any class of indicator.

Armagh have, for the past two years, regathered that reputation on not being inclined to allow any opposition push them around, particularly on their home patch but as a football team, they've expanded and improved significantly this year, albeit away from the elite matches in which Donegal have been operating.

If Donegal were to win this year's Ulster title, taking Tyrone, Armagh and most probably Monaghan out along the way, it would rank alongside any of Jim McGuinness' provincial achievements and signs are, they're are grindingly efficient now as at any stage during their former manager's reign.

Paddy McBrearty is finding the sort of form most expected from him two years ago and both Ryan McHugh and Ódhran MacNiallias have added depth to a team that once looked a single injury shy of a crisis.

This is Donegal's bread and butter.

ODDS: Armagh 2/1, Draw 15/2, Donegal 4/7 VERDICT: Donegal