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Armagh must keep feet on the ground: Hughes

Jonathan Bradley

Armagh are looking to continue their winning start to All-Ireland 2B when they welcome Tullamore to the Palace Grounds today.

Andrew Hughes' side have won their two opening contests, impressively overcoming DLSP at home and beating Sunday's Well in Cork.

Ahead of today's game however, Hughes is refusing to get carried away.

"I definitely wouldn't say we're flying just yet anyway," he said.

"We've had some good results but we're definitely not playing to our full potential right now.

"This is still a very young team even though we've been playing together for a few years now and you can see the combinations starting to emerge, but there's still a bit to go," the head coach reflected.

Newly promoted Tullamore – who beat Portadown en route to securing their place in this division – have also started the season brightly, beating both Greystones and Thomond, and Hughes is wary of facing a team who have developed a winning habit over the last 12 months.

"Even though this is their first year in the league, we can't take anything for granted and just turn up thinking we're going to take the game," he warned.

"We're still at a stage where when we're at our best we're very good, and when we're not we're very average, so there can't be any complacency.

"They're going well at this stage as well and the way they've been going, with the success they've had, they don't have anything to fear against anyone in this league."

The home side – who have brought Hughes' former Ulster team mate Seamus Mallon into the coaching set-up – are at full strength for the first time this season.

Elsewhere, Ards welcome the winless DLSP to Hamilton Park as they look to bounce back from defeat to Midleton.

Instonians will be hoping to carry the momentum from a thrilling late win over Navan into their contest with Boyne at Shamrock Lodge.

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