This test will stand to us in the semi-final

This test will stand to us in the semi-final
Armagh may have run us to a point but there was no real surprise because Kieran McGeeney has worked wonders since coming back to the fold.

Armagh may have run us to a point but there was no real surprise because Kieran McGeeney has worked wonders since coming back to the fold.

And I firmly believe that Jim McGuinness was training this time for the joust with Dublin and that has been his goal from the start of the year.

I was not really surprised that they rattled us, but we have a few players who will need to improve for the match against Dublin and they know who they are.

Armagh have done very well in the championship and their defence was really cast iron.

After 22 minutes we had only one point from play from our full-back Neil McGee.

There was a bit of a scuffle and I was disappointed to see an Armagh player push a doctor to the ground.

But we have to realise that this is part of Armagh’s package.

There was a scuffle against Cavan and another one against Tyrone and it is something we could do without.

On a positive side they were well worth their 0-3 to 0-1 lead and it was vital that we got that goal from Odhran MacNiallais to get us back into the match and great credit is due to Anthony Thompson and Ryan McHugh in the build-up.

Normally we kick on in the third quarter but we had a lot of wides.

That is something we can improve on.

The three inside forwards, Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden hit 0-9 but none of our half-forwards managed to score.

Armagh did not panic when we got slightly ahead by a goal and they pegged us back well through the excellent Stefan Campbell goal.

But even though we were a point behind in the 68th minute I never really thought we would lose and the lads showed great composure…something they will need against Dublin.

Their experience really showed in those final moments.

The defence was very good and the McGees and Frank McGlynn played very well.

I thought Karl Lacey looked like he was carrying a bit of an injury while Odhran MacNiallais and Ryan McHugh were very solid.

I thought big Neil Gallagher was outstanding, especially in the second half when he broke down a lot of ball to his colleagues.

Michael Murphy was superb and played a real captain’s part.

He was very energetic and Armagh looked very fresh throughout despite the large number of matches they have played.

I don’t agree with Paul Grimley calling for Croke Park to regulate the press and I would be disappointed with their ban.

Journalists are paid to write their opinions and that’s their job and people buy papers for those insights.

I never had any difficulty in dealing with the media and I believe they help to give players some deserved profile.

But the players and all concerned will know that a vast improvement is needed for Dublin.

Can Donegal beat Dublin?

I believe we can put a system in place that will give us a very good chance of beating Dublin.

The Armagh match could yet be the best thing that has ever happened to us.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Gerry McLaughlin