Armagh captain Rory Grugan had not bargained for coming up against Crossmaglen Rangers at this early stage of the county championship.
It was in last year's final that Rangers defeated Grugan's club Ballymacnab to reclaim the title that was won by Armagh Harps (2017) and Maghery (2016) following a long period of dominance by the Rangers.
But now that Ballymacnab, managed by former Monaghan star Bernie Murray, must cross swords with the reigning champions on Sunday (2.00pm), they are steeling themselves for what will be a big challenge.
Grugan will be a key figure in attack alongside his brother Jack while Ryan Kennedy, who has come to prominence in Armagh's colours lately, will also have a key role to play.
Crossmaglen Rangers can rely on the O'Neill brothers Oisin and Rian to turn on the style while Paul Hughes can be a big player at the back.
Armagh Harps, meanwhile, will entertain a Silverbridge side that will include the fast-rising Jarlath Og Burns who was outstanding in recent months for Armagh.
Burns will have a midfield role on Sunday at Abbey Park (2.00pm) and if he produces the kind of form that he displayed for the county, then Silverbridge could make progress.
On the other hand should Charlie Vernon, Nippy Swift and Joe McElroy click into gear, Harps could come out on the right side.