Recent History

Armagh and Derry meet in the Ulster Minor Championship for the fourth time in five years this weekend.

The Oak Leaf County have experienced some fantastic years at this age group, reaching the All-Ireland Final in 2017.

Derry have been the victors in all three of the recent meetings between these two sides, dating back to 2016.

They crossed paths as recently as last season, when Ciaran McKeever’s men just lost out by four points.

McKeever and his team are back for revenge on Sunday, as they travel to Owenbeg. Given the recent results, Armagh will head into the game as underdogs.

2016: Armagh 0-14 Derry 1-17 AET (Ulster Semi-Final)

Armagh were desperately unlucky to lose out to the Oak Leaf County in the 2016 Minor Ulster Semi-Final.

Led by Paul McGrane and Gavin McGilly, Armagh defeated Cavan in the opening round of that seasons campaign.

Derry hit the only goal of the game just before the interval, while Armagh were left to rue some missed opportunities in front of the posts.

Cathair McGeary slashed over a late point to drag the game to extra time but Derry were much the better side in the additional twenty minutes.

2018: Armagh 1-5 Derry 3-14 (Ulster Qualifier)

A day to forget for the Armagh minors, they were completely outplayed on home turf by a stronger Derry side.

The Orchard County did get off to a bright start, as Shane Donnelly blasted the ball to the net during the opening quarter.

This goal gave Armagh a 1-3 to 0-3 advantage, but they only registered another two points during the remainder of the game.

Louis Hughes and Eoin Woods (1f) both chipped in with two points apiece while defender Lee Rice also raised a white flag.

2019: Armagh 0-4 Derry 1-5 (Ulster Quarter Final)

Armagh closed the gap 12 months later, but Derry proved a step too far once again in 2019, although it was a game that was in the balance for long periods.

Armagh matched a heavily fancied Derry side throughout the contest, but a goal inside the last ten minutes shot the visitors ahead.

Armagh held a slight two-point advantage at the interval, with Ciaran Donnelly, Oisin King (f) and Michael McConville all scoring.

Dara O’Callaghan swung over Armagh’s only point of the second period as the goal handed Derry a hard-fought victory.