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McGurk and Mallon are hoping to hurl out an early boost

Tomorrow represents an important occasion for two new county team bosses.

Colm McGurk and Marty Mallon will make their debuts on the touchline with Derry and Down respectively and both will share a desire to make an early impact in Division 2B of the Allianz League.

Derry make the long journey to Mayo where they face a stiff assignment against the local side. For McGurk, this will be a big test and he is hopeful that his mixture of youth and experience can deliver the goods.

The Oak Leaf side will be without their Slaughtneil players but the return of Kevin Hinphey is a timely boost.

Down, meanwhile, are likely to be put to the sword by Meath at Navan, where the Mournemen's new boss Mallon is hoping for an encouraging start to his tenure. He will look to players such as James McGrath, Caolan Taggart, Chris Egan and John McManus to point the way ahead.

Armagh will be without Declan Coulter and Kieran McKernan for their home game against Kildare in Division 2A but skipper Cathal Carvill maintains there is still a seasoned flavour to his side.

"We have players like Simon Doherty, Stephen Renaghan, Ryan Gaffney and others who can give us a good start," said Carvill.

In Division 3A, Donegal will host Louth while Tyrone will take on Monaghan at Omagh. In Division 3B, Fermanagh face Longford.

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