Armagh hurlers make the long journey to Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Sunday to take on Leinster Championship side Westmeath. McConnell’s young charges will be cautious of the wounded Westmeath who have lost their opening two National Hurling games. Hurling is at a high in the Lakeland county after Westmeath defeated Offaly by fourteen points in the Leinster Championship last year and then scoring 0-19 against Galway. Westmeath secured their third Christy Ring Cup in 2010. Their current squad contains many who played in the double All-Ireland winning minor ‘B’ team of 1999 and 2000. Westmeath also memorably knocked Kilkenny out of the 2016 Leinster U-21 Championship. Armagh have defied the odds so far and secured a vital point against London with 1-1 in extra time.
Westmeath will be looking to Eoin Price and the excellent Derek McNicholas to push them on, while Armagh will once again looking to the Mc Guinness brothers Eoin and Artie, the Carvills and John Corvan to keep the Armagh momentum going forward. Simon Doherty hopes to keep a clean sheet, while in the forwards new recruit Danny Magee from the Sean Treacy’s club in Lurgan progresses with each game.