Armagh hurling boss Sylvester McConnell delighted after his men reach new heights
Armagh hurling boss Sylvester McConnell has thrown down the gauntlet to his side after their elevation to Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League.
The Orchard County's 0-20 to 1-15 Division 2B final win over Down projects them into uncharted territory and McConnell is keen to ensure they are ready.
"It is a boost for the team and our county but it will be a big step up," said Middletown clubman McConnell.
Armagh showed their character and resolve in hurdling their Mourne neighbours whom they led by 0-12 to 0-7 at the interval with Stephen Renaghan, Ryan Gaffney and Declan Coulter to the fore.
Down keeper Stephen Keith saved a penalty from Coulter and when Chris Egan landed the only goal, Michael Johnston's side looked in control.
But the dismissal of substitute Ruairi Campbell proved key and Armagh held firm.
Fermanagh also have the scent of promotion in their nostrils following a 2-13 to 3-8 win over Longford in the Division 3B final.
Goals from Ryan Bogue and Conor McShea bolstered the Ernesiders and when Sean Corrigan landed a flurry of points it was enough to thwart Longford's Joe O'Brien (2-4). Fermanagh will meet Tyrone for the right to enter Division 3A.
In camogie's National League, Waterford beat Derry by 3-12 to 2-9 in Division 1 Group 2 while Kildare hammered Down by 6-17 to 1-5 in Division 2 Group 2.