Armagh to learn McKenna Cup fate

Armagh will discover their first opponents for the upcoming 2024 season at the launch of the McKenna Cup tonight.

The draw for the McKenna Cup takes place at 7.30pm this evening and will be shown live on Ulster GAA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

It’s 30 years since the Orchard County last won the competition, back in 1994 under Jim McCorry and John Morrison.

That the most recent of nine McKenna Cup title that Armagh have won. Only Antrim and Fermanagh have lifted the trophy less times.

In recent years, Armagh have used the competition as a way to blood through new players before the league starts.

Last year, drawn into a group alongside Antrim and Cavan, Armagh tried out 36 players across two games.

They overcame Antrim in the opening round comfortably, with Conor Turbitt and Joe Sheridan hitting the net in a 2-20 to 2-8 win.

Armagh could, and possibly should, have qualified for the semi-finals, but lost out to Cavan by five in round two.

11 half time substitutions didn’t help their case, but Kieran McGeeney did give meaningful game time to a number of players.

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Newbies

The Armagh manager is likely to take the same approach this time around. The recent Club All-Star game gave McGeeney a chance to spot some fresh talent.

The McKenna Cup draw will be seeded, like last year, so teams can’t play against county’s that they’ll also face in the league.

Armagh are coming up against Cavan, Fermanagh and Donegal in Division Two, so can’t meet them in the McKenna Cup.

That means the likelihood is that they will be facing stiff opposition from teams competing in Division One.

Ulster champions Derry, Tyrone and Monaghan are all dining at the top table at the minute. While Antrim and Down are both competing in Division Three.

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