Cavan v Armagh, Clones, 4pm

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Thriller in store?

Could this be the game of the weekend across both codes? 

Well, both sides certainly did their bit to showcase their credentials with eye-catching quarter-final victories.

Eye-catching with regard to the quality of football and tenacity that both showed as Cavan got the better of Monaghan and Armagh edged out  Down after extra time.

A new year saw Mickey Graham take the reins in the Breffni County. At the time he was double-jobbing with one eye also on Mullinalaghta as they prepared for an All-Ireland club semi-final. 

The journey ended for the Longford club and Graham could concentrate on inter-county affairs. Relegation may have been the outcome from the league's top tier, but it wasn't a case of the also-rans slipping away quietly. Cavan were competitive for most of the spring.

And then came the win over Monaghan. An exercize in how to make the most of space, where the ball more often than was shifted effortlessly from wing to wing.

"Cavan are kicking the ball a lot more and they are enjoying it," was Tomás Ó Sé's summation of that win over the Farney as he previewed the game on RTÉ Radio.

He picked out Martin Reilly's contribution on the day. He was not alone in singling out the Killygarry clubman, whose accurate kick passing on the day laid some of the foundation for Cavan's victory  

After underage success earlier in this decade, the signs are there that Cavan might be about to deliver something special. That's a view that Seán Cavanagh espoused on The Sunday Game. 

The Breffni may not yet be at the level of a Tyrone or Donegal, but it would not be a surprise if they make the Super 8s. 

Getting to an Ulster final would make that task easier.  

In his fifth year in charge, Kieran McGeeney finally tasted success in Ulster after that nerve-jangling win over Down.

It was very much a case of the Orchardmen winning it twice after they let a comfortable lead slip in extra time. After showing frailties in being reeled in late on during the league, Andrew Murnin's match-winning cameo from the bench in the second half of extra time will no doubt prove to be a morale booster. 

Speaking after the game, assistant manager Jim McCorry spoke about not sealing the deal in 70 minutes and Armagh's vulnerability under the high ball.

He told RTÉ Sport: "It was something that happened (letting a lead slip) in the league against Clare. They got a goal and a point towards the end to get a draw.

"It was something we thought we had resolved. These things happen.

"We had problem with the high ball coming in and we were punished. High ball has never been a problem for us in the past and Cavan will have taken note of that for the next day."

No doubt, Mickey Graham and his backroom team will have observed that. Both sides are well served in the attacking department and so it could be a high-scoring affair. Cavan are favoured, but only just.

Last 5 Championship Meetings

2016 Cavan 2-16 Armagh 0-14 (Ulster quarter-final) 
2014 Armagh 1-12 Cavan 0-09 (Ulster quarter-final) 
2013 Cavan 1-15 Armagh 1-11 (Ulster preliminary round) 
2008 Armagh 0-17 Cavan 0-13 (Ulster quarter-final) 
2004 Armagh 0-13 Cavan 0-11 (Ulster semi-final)