Following last week’s defeat to Mayo, the Armagh hurlers are hoping to bounce back on Sunday as they face Sligo.
It was a disappointing start to the 2024 season for Karl McKeegan and his men, who lost by eight points in the end.
There were some bright spots, particularly in the first half when Armagh dealt with the conditions brilliantly.
Facing into a stiff breeze, Armagh scored 2-4 and trailed by just four at the interval. But they couldn’t make the conditions count in their favour after the turnaround.
While Armagh didn’t make the start they would have liked to, there’s no time to lick your wounds at this time of the year.
They’re straight back into action this weekend as they welcome Sligo to Crossmaglen for round two.
The men from the west got their campaign up and running with a winning start as they overcame Cavan in round one.
Four first half goals from Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch (2), Conor Griffen and Liam O’Kelly-Lynch helped secure the win.
Their scoring tally of 4-18 will certainly have caught the eye of McKeegan and his defence will have to be touch tight.
The return of Kieran McKiernan will surely bolster the Armagh rearguard, led by captain Tiarnan Nevin.
Paul Gaffney has also returned to the fold this season and his experience and knowhow will be welcomed.
Newbies Alex O’Boyle top scored last weekend with an impressive haul of 1-5 and looks a real score-getter.
The Orchard County will be with Shea Harvey however, who picked up a red card last week and faces a one match ban.
Still, they will feel they have enough to really test Sligo, who were relegated from Division 2B last season.
Armagh are hoping to push on for a promotion place, and getting something from this game will be key.