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Orchard County's hurlers playing to restore pride

By Staff Reporter

It's not often that Armagh's hurlers get the opportunity to steal the limelight from their football counterparts but that's the scenario that will pertain tomorrow when the quarter-finals of the Ulster Championship are staged.

With the after-shock of that humiliation at the hands of Donegal still prevalent within the county, the hurlers can now step up to the mark against Down at the Athletic Grounds and show their county in a better light.

It's a challenge for which manager Sylvester McConnell, desperately disappointed that his side failed to win the Nicky Rackard Cup, is primed.

McConnell has watched his side mature with players such as Ryan Gaffney, Nathan Currie, Cathal Carvill and skipper John Corvan setting the template for the more recent recruits.

Down boss Michael Johnston, though, can take positives from that defeat to Derry (0-23 to 2-12) in the Christy Ring Cup and justifiably believes that his side can now atone for this lapse in the Ulster Championship.

In tomorrow's other quarter-final, Derry will host Donegal at Celtic Park. The Oak Leaf side look well-placed to advance given the level of experience and firepower that is contained in their side as they step up to the mark against their north-west neighbours.

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