Victory over Tyrone has Armagh believing
Armagh captain John Corvan believes his team have now established a firm platform from which they can launch their bid for the Nicky Rackard Cup following a morale-boosting 3-17 to 0-20 win over Tyrone at the weekend.
Sylvester McConnell's team now find themselves in the semi-finals but although bolstered by wins over Louth and the Red Hands, Corvan stresses that bigger dangers lie ahead.
"There are still teams in there who believe they can win this trophy and they will want to have their say. While we take great heart over these two wins to date, we know there is an awful lot more to do if we are to achieve our goal of winning the cup," states Corvan.
Certainly his team's display in overcoming Tyrone augers well for their prospects of landing silverware.
Not for the first time Tyrone skipper Damien Casey inspired his side by scooping 10 points in all but it was Armagh's ability to tuck away goal chances that proved crucial.
Eoin McGuinness pocketed their first but it was an opportunist brace from Cathal Carvill after the break that helped to sweep the Orchard county to their six-point victory.
Donegal, too, were on song in beating Longford by 4-21 to 1-9 with Ronan McDermott (2), Sean McVeigh and Ciaran Matthewson grabbing their goals in a comprehensive performance.
But Monaghan found Roscommon too strong losing by 1-24 to 0-17 with Cillian Egan landing the only goal of the game.
In the Christy Ring Cup, Down overcame Wicklow by 1-19 to 0-13 with Gareth Johnson, Chris Egan, Conor Woods and Danny Toner very much to the fore.
Derry will now meet London next weekend following the latter side's 3-16 to 0-19 replay win over Kildare on Saturday.
In the Lory Meagher Cup, Fermanagh maintained their momentum by beating Lancashire by 2-16 to 3-10.
The Ernesiders have now put themselves in a strong position from which to challenge.