Meant to start this thread last week but only getting around to it now and suddenly feel the urge to do so after an excellent away win!!
League made up of Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh, Longford, Offaly, Sligo, Wexford and Westmeath. For us, after a very ‘up and down’ 2017 when we were pipped for promotion on the last day of the league, and followed it up with a Championship run to the All Ireland quarter final. That should have been the cause for real optimism in 2018, but we have lost a lot of our best players who have decided to opt out of the squad for a variety of reasons - Jamie Clarke, Stefan Campbell, The O’Neill brothers (not the Undertones) and James Morgan amongst others.
With the above in mind, I would have felt that we would struggle to get promotion, with Derry, Fermanagh and Westmeath the main threats. Derry though would be / are hampered by the absence of the Slaughtniel contingent.
We opened our campaign with a very easy victory over a desperately poor Sligo side by 2-17 to 0-09. Longford won in Tullamore, although reports suggested Offaly were very poor. Westmeath won in Derry - a great win - but were indebted to their keeper who made a great save from a late penalty. Fermanagh beat Wexford in Enniskillen.
Have to say was very pleased with the attitude of our players in the Sligo game. although that was tempered by how poor Sligo were. A much greater test for Armagh was today’s match in Mullingar.