Nicky Rackard Cup quarter-final: Armagh v Longford (tomorrow, 3pm, Crossmaglen) EVEN though it was merely a few weeks, it seemed like Armagh were in the tunnel for a long time before they were able to see a chink of light.
Christy Ring Cup quarter-final: London v Down (tomorrow, Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham, 1pm) THE outcome of tomorrow’s Christy Ring quarter-final won’t dictate whether Marty Mallon and his management team put their hands up for a second year in charge, but victory could set Down on an unexpected road to Croke Park.
Nicky Rackard Cup quarter-final: Monaghan v Donegal (today, 3pm, Inniskeen) 364 DAYS ago, to be exact, Monaghan came within inches of completing a remarkable recovery against Donegal in a Nicky Rackard Cup quarter-final.
HERE’S a question for you. How does a man who has given Cork the runaround at Croke Park and scored 3-7 in an All-Ireland club final find himself turning out in front of two men and a dog in hurling’s fourth tier competition?
Nicky Rackard Cup round 2A: Derry v Longford (tomorrow, 3pm, Owenbeg) CALL it the weight of expectation or call it the comfort of coming at things with a strong hand but either way, Derry know what they’ve produced over the last fortnight will not do.
Christy Ring Cup round 2A: Antrim v Down (today, Cushendall, 2pm) ON current form Antrim, riding high with just one defeat all year and two trophies already in the bag, should win comfortably against a Down outfit that is short on resources and struggling to find form.