Armagh expect tough test against Louth

In recent times, Louth and Armagh games have gone right down to the wire and this weekend should be no different.

The two neighbouring counties meet in round two of the Nickey Rackard Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides head into the encounter off the back of first round defeats, so they will be keen to get up and running.

It’s just a couple of weeks since the sides last locked horns. That was in the final round of the National Hurling League.

Armagh emerged victorious that day to secure their spot in Division Three next year, with their first win of 2024.

In recent times, Louth and Armagh games have gone right down to the wire and this weekend should be no different.
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Louth on the other hand finished second from bottom in the table, just above Monaghan on the head-to-head ruling.

One win in five outings wasn’t ideal preparation for Karl McKeegan’s men heading into the championship.

But they put in a mighty shift against Donegal in last week’s opener despite missing a few key men.

Paudie Lappin looks set to miss out the rest of the year through injury. Fionntan Donnelly, Odhran Curry, Peadar McBride and Shea Harvey were also unavailable.

Whether those men will be fit to return this weekend or not remains to be seen but they will definitely be without Connor Renaghan, who is suspended.

In recent times, Louth and Armagh games have gone right down to the wire and this weekend should be no different.
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Alex O’Boyle’s early major last weekend gave Armagh a real fighting chance against Donegal.

But the travelling side just finished the stronger of the two teams, landing the last five points of the match.

Armagh will take heart from that performance and the fact they have already beaten Louth this year.

Louth did win when the sides met last year however, although Armagh had nothing to play for at that stage.

It’s sure to be an interesting matchup, and one Armagh will hope they can come out the right side of.