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Derry manager Tom McLean makes no bones about it - his side must win against Carlow tomorrow if they are to have a chance of being in the promotion race to Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League.

"We have lost against Antrim and Westmeath so far so that puts pressure on us," insisted McLean. "We have to go the extra mile against Carlow."

The McCloskeys from Banagher, Tiarnan and Oisin, form a midfield pairing that McLean hopes will carve out possession for a full-forward line that comprises Shane Farren, Ruairi Convery and Paul Cleary.

In Division 2B, Down host Mayo at Pairc Esler, Newry where manager Michael Johnston has his sights on a hat-trick of victories.

He said: "While it's good to have a couple of wins under our belts we have some tough matches to come. "Mayo have some quality players and they are strong and physical too."

Armagh bounced back from their opening round defeat to Down by overcoming Donegal and will now pit their skills against Wicklow at Aughrim.

This is a key game and boss Sylvester McConnell is placing his faith in players like Ciaran Clifford, Cathal Corvan, Ryan Gaffney and Declan Coulter.

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