Michael Murphy gearing up for ‘typical Ulster Championship match’ with Armagh on Division Two’s last day

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Michael Murphy gearing up for ‘typical Ulster Championship match’ with Armagh on Division Two’s last day
Liverpool supporter Michael Murphy would be familiar enough watching his Premier League team occasionally concede too much while putting up a big score to get themselves out of trouble.

Liverpool supporter Michael Murphy would be familiar enough watching his Premier League team occasionally concede too much while putting up a big score to get themselves out of trouble.

His county team were the same against Louth in Ballyshannon yesterday but like the team managed by Brendan Rodgers, Donegal now have their destiny in their own hands.

After hearing Liverpool were halfway towards the 4-0 win that takes them back to the top of the Premier League, Murphy grinned and said: “We had a couple of weeks very good training and we started the game well, showed good impetus going forward.

“At the other end it was a bit of a downer with the goals and it’s something we have to work on and try and marry the two things together, the attacking and defending.”

Now, with Donegal sensing promotion and a place in the Allianz League Division Two final at Cork Park, while Armagh are looking over their shoulder in an attempt to avoid the drop, Sunday’s climactic meeting of the sides in the Athletic Grounds has some flavour.

“Its going to be a typical Ulster championship clash, which is what you want in your last league game,” Murphy said.

“You take every league game on it merits and always build and get bodies out playing and try and keep the squad as healthy as possible.

“That’s vitally important and we have done that by enlarge this year, maybe a couple of injuries are starting to creep into things now but I suppose that is to be expected.

“Hopefully we can get them cleared up during the week and get buzzing again for Armagh. Its going to be a huge game and they have Kieran McGeeney in the backroom setup now and in recent weeks they’ve been flying.”

An all-Ulster affair just like the one being served up on Sunday, on the grander scale of things, can only serve Donegal in good stead ahead of their Ulster championship quarter-final against Derry at Celtic Park on May 25.

“There’s bite going into the last game, its not a game which doesn’t mean anything,” Murphy added.

“It means something and all of our games so far have meant something which is crucial.

“We are delighted to have gotten so many good games and next Sunday of we can keep to our end of the bargain it might give us a chance of another day out again.

“ There’s a lot of work to be done between now and then to put right the errors that happened out there today. It was still scrappy but we got the result.”