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Doherty's clarion call as Armagh prepare for challenge of London

Armagh hurling goalkeeper Stephen Doherty has issued a rallying call to his side following yesterday's 1-18 to 1-15 defeat by Kildare in their opening Allianz League division 2A tie at the Athletic Grounds.

It was a late scoring burst by the visitors that yielded 1-2 in added time which saw them scramble over the line after the Orchard County had shown considerable resilience and character throughout the tie.

Now Doherty is urging his colleagues to go one better when they meet London next week-end.

"We are very disappointed to have lost this match to Kildare but we can take positives from it," maintained Doherty.

"We had stayed with them all the way until injury time and it was heartbreaking to concede those scores at the end."

David Reidy (0-7) and John Mulhall (0-7) punished the home defence throughout but it was Jack Sheridan's 70th minute goal that inflicted the most grievous wound in Armagh's morale.

David Magee (1-5), Conor Corvan (0-3) and Nathan Curry (0-3) did most to sustain Armagh's challenge.

There were mixed fortunes for Ulster's two new managers in division 2B. Colm McGurk marked his debut by plotting a 1-14 to 1-13 victory over Mayo but his Down counterpart Marty Mallon suffered a sharp 4-20 to 1-10 reversal against Meath.

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