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Updated: March 9, 2012

Preview and team news for the National Hurling League division 2B

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It’s Kildare versus London, Mayo against Meath and winless pair Armagh and Roscommon facing off with each other in round two of the Allianz National Hurling League division 2B.

Kildare, who beat Meath 1-12 to 0-13 in the opening round, will looking to make it two from two when they face a London side that has beaten Armagh and lost to Meath so far.

London proved good value for a convincing 2-20 to 0-11 win over Armagh in round 1 before the harsh reality of home comforts kicked in with a seven point loss to Meath in a rescheduled match last weekend. This weekend is their first on the road as they travel to Newbridge.

Speaking to the Leinster Leader, Kildare manager Willie Sunderland was expecting a tough task against the exiles, “I was looking at their team the last day and they only had six involved from last year, so that points to a total new team, a team I’m told has great strength. This game won’t be that easy,”

In MacHale Park, Mayo will be looking to build on their 5 point win over Roscommon last time out when they face Meath.

Meath have made on change to the side which beat London with Blackhall Gaels Stephen Morris replacing Paul Fagan in the half back line, with Enda Keogh moving to centre back.

Meanwhile Mayo have made two changes from the side that beat Roscommon with Kenny Feeney and Darren McTighe coming in for Keith Higgins and Derek McDonnell.

Armagh and Roscommon will be looking for this first win’s when they clash at Crossmaglen. Armagh will be keen to get their campaign off the ground and will be boosted by the return of their Middletown stars following their loss to Carlow side Mount Leinster Rangers in the All- Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship final.

Speaking to Gaelic life, Mickey Johnston, the Armagh manager claimed this weekend was the real start of the league for his side “We always knew that the London game was going to be seriously difficult for us. We are happy enough now, and we have got that defeat out of our systems,”

“With the Middletown players coming back, and the young fellas that are there, Armagh hurling is in the healthiest state it has been for a long time. Our league will really begin this weekend.”

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