IT'S KIL OR BE KILLED AT THIS LEVEL; ULSTER SHC SEMI C'MAGLEN v KILCOO; McCorry: We need a ruthless streak.
KILCOO manager Jim McCorry is confident that his players will stand up to the "intimidating" Crossmaglen juggernaut tomorrow.
McCorry admits that battlehardened sides like Cross and St Gall's, who Kilcoo dismissed in the semi-final, carry a level of cuteness which he is trying to ingrain into his own charges.
It manifested itself in that semifinal, in his opinion, when Niall McEvoy was sent off after clashing with Karl Stewart.
He misses tomorrow's final as a result. "He reacted to a punch," claimed McCorry. "He probably could have gone down in the same way Stewart went down like a deck of cards whenever he was slightly brushed with his forehead.
He went down rather easily, it would have been good at the Oscars.
"But the referee seen it and he's now going to miss an Ulster final because of it. It's disappointing because he is an integral part of our team but you have to take it and move on.
"There was no point in appealing it. When you seen the video evidence, there was little point appealing it and like a man, Niall took his punishment - and like a man he didn't go down when he was struck.
"You can be sure if it was a Crossmaglen player and that happened on Sunday, the Crossmaglen player would go down with the cuteness. St Gall's had that cuteness as well.
"I think it's just something other teams have gained with experience, that we haven't. You try to breed that wee bit of cuteness into them."
Nonetheless McCorry, a former Armagh manager who led the county to the 1994 League final and also introduced Cross veteran Oisin McConville to senior inter-county football during his tenure, says his side are no shrinking violets either.
"We're a physical side, we can take a physical game and we are a fast side and play a fast game. It's going to be a combination of different styles for both teams. "Crossmaglen are an intimidating side, they can intimidate referees as well with their reputation and the track record that they have.
"Thankfully we have a strong referee (Joe McQuillan) who won't be intimidated and certainly the Kilcoo players won't be intimidated."
But it's still a huge ask for McCorry and his charges to find a way of breaking down a side that hasn't lost a Championship game in three years and, indeed, has never been defeated in an Ulster final.
"It's a bit of a chess game with Crossmaglen, isn't it? "You've got to know all the moves and you've got to know who can make all the right moves for you. "I've got to be sharp on the line as well because Tony McEntee is a very very good coach, he's going to be a future coach of Armagh in the not too distant future, probably after the current management team.
"He is a great man motivator and he has a great track record as a player.
"But it's going to be something we'll welcome. You'd rather have a challenge like that than going in like we did in previous years in Down where we underestimated opposition.
"You don't underestimate Crossmaglen, you've got to be at the top of your game. "Knowing Tony and Crossmaglen, they won't underestimate anybody."
Other teams have it and my players need that wee bit of cuteness: JIM McCORRY
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