It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow someone some good. In this division, that was effectively three league points for us - the two for the victory and the huge boost to our scoring difference. Although I take no pleasure in seeing a once great, non-Ulster football power, fall on hard times like this. I didn’t get to the game due to work commitments, but I’m led to believe Offaly were every bit as bad as the scoreline suggests.
The division itself is very interesting, with Louth out in front with a 100% record. We have gone second on five points and Sligo are alongside us on five, but our scoring difference is superior by 29 points. Tipp are next on four, with a game in hand.
We have dropped three points to date - we drew in Sligo, when the ref awarded Sligo an extremely generous penalty - a well known Sligo scribe on GAABoard described it as ‘scandalous’ - which allowed them to score a goal and equalise with the last kick of the game.
I took in our match at home to Laois, and even for those of us used to seeing Armagh snatch the proverbial defeat from the jaws of victory, the manner in which we contrived to lose that game was the stuff of dropped jaws. We nearly repeated the dose in Longford, letting an eleven point lead slip, but managed to hold on to a two point win. Those three dropped points now leave us in a position where we cannot afford another defeat if we are going to get promoted.
Even at this stage, my guess would be that the two promoted teams will come from ourselves, Louth and Tipp, and we all still have to play each other.
Our next game is away to Louth. I reckon that Louth have been seriously flattered by their 100% record to date, but that said, our current form means that no-one should fear us. My hope would be that the lift of back-to-back victories should allow us to raise our game and take the points.