The Ulster Minor and u20 championship draws took place today. Armagh will face the exact same first round opponents as last season at both grades.
The Orchard under 20 side will take on Donegal in the quarter final of the championship. They have been drawn on the same side as preliminary round winners Down or Fermanagh, who will take on Tyrone.
It’s the same opening round draw that Armagh faced last season, away to the Tir Chonaill men. They suffered defeat at the hands of Donegal.
Now under new management, with Barry O’Hagan and Oisin McConville taking over from Peter McDonnell, who stepped down after that Donegal defeat.
The under 20s team will begin their league campaign in four weeks time. They take on Cavan in the first round.
They’ll face Westmeath and Monaghan in the following weeks, with all the preparation building towards that Donegal game.
The Armagh minors have been drawn against Derry in the first round for the fourth year in a row, this time on home soil.
Under the watchful eye of manager Brendan Hughes, the minors picked up Armagh’s first opening round win at that age grade since 2016.
That was with a remarkable win over the Oak Leaf county last season. They came back from the dead to win by the minimum of margins.
Donegal eventually ended their run in semi final and the two could be on course to meet once again. Should Armagh overcome Derry they’ll meet the winners of Down/Fermanagh (preliminary round) and Donegal.
The minors kick off their season on March 5 with a home tie against Antrim before meeting Monaghan, Down and Tyrone.