Saturday 20 May – BOX-IT Athletic Grounds – 2pm
The Armagh hurlers will play out their final game of the 2023 season on Saturday afternoon when they take on Louth.
It’s a dead rubber match up for Karl McKeegan’s side as they have nothing left to play for in the Nickey Rackard Cup.
Back-to-back defeats to Donegal and Wicklow knocked Armagh out of the running for a spot in the final.
While last weekend’s one-point win over Fermanagh cleared any of fears of relegation for the Orchard County.
Armagh are guaranteed third place in the table as the currently sit two-points above Roscommon, who they beat in the first round.
That victory sees Armagh hold the head-to-head advantage over the Rossies, so everything is pretty much settled from an Armagh perspective.
Goals have pretty much been Armagh’s undoing against the big guns in the division of Donegal and Wicklow.
The Tir Chonaill men claimed three, with two coming late in the game, to win by ten-points in the end.
Wicklow raised the same number of green flags, although their victory was much more convincing.
Armagh showed serious character and a fighting spirit to see off the Fermanagh last weekend in a ding-dong battle.
Seven points down at the halfway stage, things weren’t looking good for Armagh, but they rallied after the turnaround.
Two goals, one in each half, from Tomas Galvin fired Armagh to victory and left Saturday’s clash a dead rubber.
But in terms of a challenge, then Louth’s hunger when be ferocious as they need to win to remain in the competition.
Led by former Armagh dual star Paul McCormack, the Wee County are currently placed at the foot of the table.
Louth have racked up just one-point to show for their efforts, a 3-17 draw with Fermanagh in round three.
Fermanagh have the advantage of a better score difference so for Louth, only a win will do in the Athletic Grounds.
Armagh won comfortably when these side met in the first round of the league, and will be favourites heading into the game.