Tyrone and Armagh eager to grab a last shot at glory
The rivalry that exists between Tyrone and Armagh in a football context has been well chronicled. But today the counties will clash in a different sphere when they meet in an important Nicky Rackard Cup tie at Carrickmore (5.00pm).
This competition is essentially the last opportunity for either side to gain silverware this term since Antrim are already hot favourites to retain their Ulster crown.
And the respective captains make it clear that their sights are set on going all the way in what is the third tier of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.
Tyrone skipper Damien Casey was again outstanding when his side beat Donegal in their opening Nicky Rackard Cup game last weekend, a victory that was sweet revenge for their earlier defeat at the hands of Ray Durack's side in an Allianz League Division Two promotion play-off.
"We really didn't need any incentive to go out and give it everything and obviously we want to repeat that form now against Armagh," says 21-year-old Casey.
His Armagh counterpart John Corvan states: "It's certainly no secret that our goal is to try and win the Nicky Rackard Cup."
Down face Wicklow in a potentially tricky Christy Ring Cup tie.