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No Armagh complaints despite semi-final home advantage for Dublin

The Orchard County will travel to Parnell Park on 5 September.

Armagh senior ladies football manager James Daly.
Armagh senior ladies football manager James Daly.
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ARMAGH WILL HAVE to travel to Parnell Park next weekend for their TG4 All-Ireland senior ladies football semi-final against Dublin.

However, there are no complaints from Armagh boss James Daly ahead of the game, which will take place at the Dublin venue on Saturday, 5 September (5.00pm).

Pointing out that Dublin had to travel to Clones for their quarter-final against Monaghan, Daly said his Armagh side won’t be using the choice of venue as an excuse if things don’t go their way a week on Saturday.

“We’re not that bothered because we’re delighted to be playing in a big venue. We kind of figured it would be in or around Dublin because it is a central area,” said Daly, whose Armagh team defeated Donegal last weekend to secure their semi-final place.

“Dublin came down and played in Clones last weekend and last year in the championship Tyrone had to play us in the Athletic Grounds. Sometimes you just get the breaks. I have no problem at all going to Dublin to play this match.”

The winners of Dublin versus Armagh will play Cork or Kerry in the All-Ireland decider. That semi-final takes this Saturday evening at a neutral venue — the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick — at 6.00pm.

“I’d say we’ve probably played at Parnell Park as often as Dublin have over the last couple of years,” Daly said. “We don’t look at it that way, we don’t think it’s an advantage for either side. There’s too much made of those sort of things.”

He added: “We would hope to bring a big crowd down because it is a big match for Armagh football. We’ll be going there with our heads high and hopefully a big crowd will push us on to an All-Ireland final.”

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