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Finnian Moriarty – Armagh and Ulster didn’t box clever

armagh were beat by a lat goal against Tipperary last weekend

armagh were beat by a lat goal against Tipperary last weekend

Finnian Moriarty says that the Ulster counties failed last weekend because they were unable to ‘box clever’.

In his Gaelic Life column he explains that the likes of Armagh didn’t close out the game because they got too comfortable in front, and didn’t stay mentally strong to the finish.


He gave the example of Mike Tyson’s coach Cus Damato who told his fighter that in order for him to be a success he couldn’t just be the strongest, he had to be clever, and by that he meant not getting hit.

“Armagh have played some really good football in this season’s league to date but ultimately, they didn’t box clever. They weren’t smart and didn’t use the black card for the purpose it was intended at crucial gages in the game. They kept getting hit.

“Other teams don’t make that mistake.

“Other Ulster Counties struggled at the weekend too.

“The demotion of Derry and Fermanagh will sting both sides as they approach an Ulster Champinoship draw which promises little for either side.”

He also went on to say that Tyrone are a lot better than their final few performances in the league suggested.

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