Armagh draw Tyrone and Donegal in McKenna Cup

Armagh will face Tyrone and Donegal in the upcoming 2024 McKenna Cup, which gets underway in early January.

It’s a competition that Armagh don’t have much success in, having last won the trophy in 1994.

Like the last few years, the Orchard County will likely use the tournament as a way of seeing some fresh faces before the league starts.

Armagh have faced Tyrone more than any other team in the McKenna Cup during Kieran McGeeney’s ten years in charge.

The sides have clashed five times in the past decade, with Armagh winning just one of those encounters.

Armagh will face Tyrone and Donegal in the upcoming 2024 McKenna Cup, which gets underway in early January.

Recent history

That was in 2022 when the Orchard County overcame their rivals in Omagh. Armagh would also go on to beat Tyrone in the league and championship that season.

Kieran McGeeney’s first competitive game in charge of Armagh came against Tyrone in the 2015 McKenna Cup.

McGeeney’s lost to their neighbours that day and also tasted defeat in the McKenna Cup final that year. Tyrone won handsomely, 3-10 to 1-8.

The sides competed in the 2019 McKenna Cup final. Once more, Tyrone triumphed with two-points the difference, 0-16 to 0-14.

Tyrone will compete in the top tier this season having held onto their Division One status last year.

Armagh will face Tyrone and Donegal in the upcoming 2024 McKenna Cup, which gets underway in early January.
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Armagh on the other hand were relegated to Division Two on the final day of the league, when they lost to Tyrone in Healy Park Omagh.

McGeeney’s side haven’t face Donegal in the McKenna Cup since the 2019 season, in the semi-final.

Armagh won that day to reach the decider and that was their only victory in the last three meetings against the Tir Chonaill men.

Donegal edged the 2014 meeting, when Jim McGuinness was last involved with his native county. They also won when the two teams clashed in the 2018 McKenna Cup semi-final.