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Ulster sides are lacking belief, says Armagh coach Paddy McArdle

By John Campbell

Armagh coach Paddy McArdle feels that Ulster sides must draw on greater belief if they are to make any headway in All-Ireland hurling at different levels. McArdle saw his energetic Orchard County outfit capitulate to Westmeath in the All-Ireland Minor 'B' Championship on Saturday having only been one point (1-8 to 1-7) adrift at the break.

"Obviously belief has to be a key element for Ulster teams when they face sides from the other provinces and we maybe did not have enough of it on this occasion," admits McArdle.

"With greater self-confidence we might have done a lot better".

Westmeath eventually won by 5-14 to 1-10 with Dylan McKenna grabbing Armagh's goal while Cormac Fox (0-5) and Joe O'Connor (0-2) claimed the lion's share of their points total.

Donegal put up a much better show against Roscommon, though, in the same competition before going under by 2-25 to 2-22.

For one Armagh man at least there was success in the managerial sphere on Saturday.

Monaghan ladies football team boss John Morrison saw his side pushed to the limit by a lively Tyrone side before coming out on top by 1-16 to 3-7 to earn a quarter-final meeting with Galway.

Morrison now knows it will take a step-up in performance by his side if they are to make a bold bid for the All-Ireland title.

It was the combined scoring power of Niamh Kindlon and Catriona McConnell who each landed five points to help take Farney to victory.

Substitute Maureen Atkinson scored their goal while Gemma Begley, Niamh O'Neill and Tori McLaughlin scored Tyrone's goals with Begley missing a penalty.

Armagh have been drawn to meet Laois in the quarter-finals while Kerry will meet Dublin and Mayo will face reigning champions Cork.

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