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Armagh senior hurlers travel to Croke Park this Saturday to take part in the Nicky Rackard Final against Louth. This is Armagh’s third Nicky Rackard Final in 5 years having won it last in 2010.
All Ireland honours await this new look Armagh team under the management of Michael Johnston, Dinny Cahill and John Crossey who have the team playing an exciting brand of hurling with a blend of youth and experience. Young players like Conor Corvan, James King and Kieran Mc Kernan playing alongside experienced players Paul Mc Cormack, Ruairi Mc Grattan, Cathal Carvill and Captain Ryan Gaffney give this Armagh side a new edge.
A successful Nicky Rackard campaign to date has not seen this Armagh team perform to their full potential. They were pushed by Louth in the first round but proved too strong in the final 15 minutes to finish comfortable winners and a second round home tie against Sligo, although comfortable, with a final score of 1-20 to 0-08, did not reflect the superiority of the Armagh lads. The semi-final against Roscommon proved their toughest task to date.  Despite a blistering start to the game by Armagh where they played some outstanding hurling, scoring 4 first half goals (3 in the first 15 minutes) they allowed Roscommon back into the game and again had to rely on their determination and will to win in the final 10 minutes to see them through to this week’s final.
Results so far have proved there is no shortage of determination in this team and reports from training would suggest that the quality of hurling now being played should bring rewards to this talented side. There has been steady progress made by this team this season, which would suggest that Armagh are coming good at just the right time.
A win on Saturday will be nothing short of what this team expects. Louth will be difficult opposition in Croke Park on Saturday but if Armagh play to their potential and concentrate for the full 70 minutes they should return victorious which will give them a perfect platform for the forthcoming Ulster Championship game against Derry in Athletic Grounds on Sunday 17th June.

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