Armagh minor footballers will travel to Clones this Sunday to face Derry in the Ulster championship semi-final. Armagh, who overcame Cavan in the opening round will no doubt face a bigger challenge against a Derry side, who are backboned by a strong contingent from St Patrick’s Maghera.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game, team manager Paul McGrane said “The squad are focused on and looking forward to a tough challenge against a strong Derry team on Sunday. Armagh demonstrated great commitment and composure to get over the line against Cavan in the previous round.”
Derry will enter the game full of confidence, following an impressive 1-15 to 0-10 victory over Tyrone in the first round. Armagh are fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead, as McGrane added, “They are under no illusions that Derry will present a tougher test in Clones. Derry have already defeated Minor specialists Tyrone in the first round, and they also won the Ulster Minor championship last year. They have a number of players who have experienced Ulster Minor Championship success from last year’s squad and also have a number of players from the St Pat’s Maghera team that won the McRory Cup on St Patrick’s Day and who were then narrowly defeated in the Hogan Cup final.”
Armagh, however, will also be buoyed by their recent win over Cavan, after a good performance in front of a large Armagh support. The team have gelled well together under the management team and are very much looking forward to another day out on Sunday. “The Armagh players know that the battle will be for 60 minutes plus and are determined to give their all and deliver a big team performance.”
Armagh GAA would like to wish Paul, the management team and the minor footballers the very best of luck for Sunday. Guíonn muid gach rath ar an fhoireann mhionúir agus ar a foireann bhainistíochta Dé Domhnaigh. The game will throw in at 12 noon in Clones, in a double header which also features the Ulster Senior Football championship semi-final between Cavan and Tyrone.