The 2015 Allianz National Hurling league comes about this weekend and with the Armagh senior hurlers under a new management team of Sylvester McConnell, Tada O’Connor, John Crossey and Gabriel O’Kane, things are looking bright for the Orchard County. Armagh will be competing in Division 2b which consists of Down, Meath, Kildare, Mayo and Donegal. On Sunday, Ard Mhacha face nearest rivals An Dún at 2pm in Páirc Esler in Newry, which in itself is a welcome boost, as they won’t be travelling the somewhat longer journey to the Ards. Down in the past have proven to be somewhat of a bogey team for Armagh. However, Armagh will have confidence going into the game, knowing that they overcame their bitter rivals on their way to the Ulster Final in 2011.
Most of the team that lined out that day will also be playing a big part on Sunday with seasoned campaigners like John Corvan (captain), Cahal Carvill, Marty Moan, Ryan Gaffney and Declan Coulter but to name a few. While Down will be penned in as favourites to win the division, along with Cill Dara and An Mhí, Armagh will not give the home side everything their own way on Sunday. Armagh recently reached the final of the inaugural McGurk cup, held by Queen’s University, defeating Down along the way, before coming up against a very strong Derry side who came out on top by a low margin; so Armagh will have a lot of confidence going into this game.
The game throws in at 2pm at Páirc Esler in Newry and we encourage as many Armagh supporters as possible to come out and give our hurlers your support. Guíonn muid gach rath ar an fhoireann bhainistíochta agus ar na h-imreoirí uilig don chluiche seo agus don bhliain iomána atá romhainn. We wish the management team and all of the players the very best of luck for Sunday’s game and for this year’s league and Nicky Rackard campaigns.
The Armagh management team have named their squad to face Down on Sunday:
1 Síomón Ó Dochartaigh Simon Doherty Naomh Eoin
2 Artie McGuinness Art Mag Aonasa Seamrógaí an Iúir
3 Ciaran Clifford Ciarán Ó Clúmháin Cú Chulainn
4 Connor Devlin Conchúr Ó Doibhlin Cú Chulainn
5 Nathan Curry Nathan Ó Camhraí Na Fianna
6 Stephen Renaghan Stiofán Ó Reannacháin Lámh Dhearg
7 Kieran McKernan Ciarán Mac Thiarnáin Na Fianna
8 Conor McKee Conchúr Mag Aoidh Lámh Dhearg
9 Pauric Hughes Pádraig Ó hAodha Na Fianna
10 John Corvan Seán Ó Coirbhín Lámh Dhearg
11 Conor Corvan Conchúr Ó Coirbhín Lámh Dhearg
12 Martin Moan Máirtín Ó Mocháin Na Fianna
13 Cahal Carvill Cathal Ó Cearbhaill Na Fianna
14 Ryan Gaffney Rian Ó Gamhna Na Fianna
15 Eoin McGuinness Eoin Mag Aonasa Seamrógaí an Iúir