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Hurling: Armagh story can have the happiest of endings

The scene is set for tomorrow evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Ulster GAA Hurling Under-21 Final clash between Armagh and Antrim (7.30pm)

The respective captains, Armagh’s Nathan Curry and Cormac Donnelly of Antrim, met at Casement Park yesterday and both are determined to bring glory to their counties.

Armagh have so far been the story of the Ulster hurling year — their seniors won the Nicky Rackard Cup and both their minors and now their under-21s have reached Ulster finals.

Having dispatched of Fermanagh and Derry already this year, there will be no lack of confidence among the men from the Orchard County as they go in search of a first ever win at under-21 level.

The Saffron county on the other hand won their first Ulster under-21 hurling title way back in 1964 and haven’t stopped winning since, amassing an impressive 25 titles to date, including last year’s success.

This year has also seen Antrim progress at all levels and their senior win against Dublin earlier this month stands out as a particular highlight.

But despite last weekend’s senior loss to Cork, another under-21 provincial title would finish the month off perfectly for Dinny Cahill and co.

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