Monaghan will be looking to put their disappointing defeat to Louth in the Nicky Rackard Cup to Lout behind them when they travel to Park Esler to take on and in form Armagh side this Sunday kick off 3.30pm.
Armagh have made great strides in hurling in recent years – winning the Nicky Rackard Cup last year and reaching Ulster Under-21 and minor finals and also at the same time drawing praise from Ulster Council President Aogán Ó Fearghail at the launch of the Ulster championship.
However their momentum was slightly checked somewhat, however, by relegation from Division 3A of the National Hurling League, while Monaghan slipped out of Division 3B so both teams will be looking to put in a decent performance this weekend and get their respective seasons back on track.
Coming into this game the likes of Stephen Lambe, Trevor Hilliard, Paul Murphy, Gary Boyd and Éanna Mac Suibhne have been leading the way for Monaghan and will all need to put in good performances if Monaghan are to put it up to Armagh.
They will also need a big step up in performance from Mickey McHugh who was noticeably quite last weekend having played so well the time before that against Fingal.
The challenge that faces Monaghan is a huge one. Armagh bring some heavy hitters to the table in the shape of Paul McCormack, Declan Coulter, Ger Enright, Conor Corvan, Ryan Gaffney and Cathal Carvill and with that kind of fire power in their ranks Armagh should have enough power and class to see off Monghan.