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Ciaran Clifford. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ciaran Clifford. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ciaran Clifford. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Armagh hurling manager Padraig O’Connor is hoping his side can atone for their recent lapse against Tyrone when they face Leitrim in the Nickey Rackard Cup quarter-final at Kingspan Breffni today (1.30pm).

Fionntán Donnelly is still in hot scoring form, while Ciaran Clifford, Danny McGee and Eoin McGuinness lend experience to the side.

Fermanagh manager Joe Baldwin, meanwhile, is keen to see his team get the better of Monaghan in the quarter-final of the Lory Meagher Cup at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (1.30pm).

Baldwin has former Antrim ace Barney McAuley in his side as well as ex-Down player Kevin McGarry and they provide much-needed experience in the team’s bid to progress.

“It’s good to have players of this calibre to call upon,” states Baldwin.“They can help to inspire the younger guys”

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland ladies football championship Group One, Armagh will face Cavan at Clones today (1.30pm). Manager Ronan Murphy has overseen steady progress and Caroline O’Hanlon, Aimee Mackin, Clodagh McCambridge and Aoife McCoy are again expected to give a lead.

Donegal will be favourites to come out on top against Galway at Markievicz Park, Sligo (4pm) while Monaghan are braced for a testing examination when they go toe-to-toe with Mayo at Ballinamore (2pm).

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Tomorrow, Antrim will take on Carlow in the All-Ireland Junior Championship Round Two at Lannleire (Co Louth), while Derry will be up against it when the face Leitrim at Kinnegad (2pm) and Down take on neighbours Louth at Páirc Esler, Newry (3pm).

Meanwhile, Down make the long haul to meet Waterford in the All-Ireland Camogie Championship Group 2 today.


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