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McConnell keen to see struggling Armagh turn corner against Louth

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By John Campbell

Armagh manager Sylvester McConnell is hoping his side can put three recent setbacks behind them and come out on top when they host Louth in the Nicky Rackard Cup at the Athletic Grounds today (3.00).

The orchard county have suffered relegation in their league, surrendered tamely to Antrim in the Ulster final and floundered against Donegal in their Nicky Rackard Cup opener so McConnell is obviously keen to see his players turn the corner today.

Armagh promised much earlier in the season, but so far have been unable to deliver the goods with today's match perhaps one of the last occasions on which they can gain a measure of credibility.

"We wanted to have a couple of weeks to prepare for the Donegal game, but we did not get that. We are not making excuses, but the matches are coming thick and fast and when you have injuries, that does not make things any easier," says McConnell.

David Carvill and Cathal Carvill will again shoulder the Armagh scoring burden while John Corvan, Ciaran Clifford and David Bridges can be expected to bring their experience to bear in defence.

Tyrone, meanwhile, will host Donegal at Carrickmore in what will be a fourth competitive meeting between the sides this year to date.

Damian Casey, Justin Kelly, Conor Og Grugan and Ryan McKearney will carry the Red Hands' scoring hopes against their visitors.

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