Hurling league fixtures announced

Armagh face another season in Division 3A, and promotion will once again be the target ahead of the upcoming league.

Karl McKeegan’s men will begin their season with a McGurk Cup clash against Antrim and then it’s all about the league.

They open their account with an away day trip to Louth. Whatever it is about Louth and Armagh clashes, they tend to be classics.

Last year was no different as Armagh just about got over the line. A late score from Dean Gaffney secured victory for Armagh as they saw out a one-point win, 2-16 to 3-12.

Armagh then have back-to-back home games against Monaghan and Mayo in rounds two and three.

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Armagh have a great record over Monaghan in the league. In the last three seasons, Armagh have beaten them quite convincingly on all three occasions.

In 2020, Armagh won 3-25 to 1-10, 1-27 to 2-15 in 2021 and last season they secured a 4-22 to 0-13 victory over the Farney men.

Armagh will be out for some revenge from Mayo as the last time the sides met, the Westerners knocked Armagh out of the Nickey Rackard Cup.

That was at the semi-final stage and Mayo won 2-23 to 2-9 and went on to win the competition, beating Tyrone in the final.

Their second and final away day comes in round four when they face Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park. The side met three times last year, twice in the league and once in the Nickey Rackard Cup.

The Rossies edged the initial league encounter, with one-point the difference in their 2-17 to 1-19 victory.

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The sides clashed again in the league semi-final and this time it was Armagh who prevailed. A Shea Harvey goal was the difference as Armagh won 1-22 to 0-20.

The Nickey Rackard Cup was a much different affair. Roscommon won easily in the end, 5-19 to 2-7.

Finally, Armagh finish their league campaign with a home test against fellow Ulster men Fermanagh.

Fermanagh are the new kids on the block in Division 3A, having won Division 3B last year to earn promotion.

They did so with a winning streak of four games before defeating Longford in the league final by four points.

Armagh clashed with the Erne men in the Nickey Rackard Cup last year. It was a thrilling encounter which the Orchard won, 3-18 to 2-19.