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Orchard boys are fired up to sparkle

By John Campbell

Armagh hurling manager John Lennon believes that his team can make a solid impact in the Christy Ring Cup by beating Wicklow in today's confrontation at the Athletic Grounds.

Even though they lost to Mayo in their last outing, Armagh still find themselves presented with the chance of redemption and Lennon is anxious that his players should make the most of their home advantage.

"This is a chance for us to show what we can do. We were a bit unlucky against Mayo and we want to put our best foot forward today," says Lennon.

When the counties met earlier in the year, Wicklow won the Allianz League encounter by four points but Armagh were considerably under-strength on that occasion.

Skipper Ciaran Clifford shares manager Lennon's optimism that with additional playing resources available this time round that result can be overturned.

"The players are showing great commitment and if we get a few breaks there is the strong chance that we can come out on top," insists 28-year-old Clifford.

In the Nicky Rackard Cup, Donegal manager Ray Durack is hoping that his team can come good against Louth in Dundalk.

Durack believes with some justification that a win today could send them on the path to trophy success.

Fermanagh, too, have silverware in their sights and encouraged by their recent fine win over Warwickshire they will take on Longford in the Lory Meagher Cup at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park today.

Fermanagh's blend of youth and experience is proving potent right now but Longford at home are likely to test the Ernesiders.

In another Lory Meagher Cup tie, Leitrim will host Warwickshire in Carrick-on-Shannon.

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