Minor and u20 fixtures announced

The Armagh Minor and u20 teams have learned their fate for the upcoming season as their fixtures have been announced by Ulster GAA.

Minor League

Aidan O’Rourke’s first competitive game in charge of the Armagh minors will come against Down in early March.

The Orchard County have been drawn into a group with Down and Monaghan in Section B of the Ulster Minor League.

They host the Mourne County on Saturday 2 March before traveling to Clones the following weekend, Saturday 9 March.

The Armagh minors won just one of their league games last season, overcoming Antrim in the first round.

Defeats to Ulster and All-Ireland champions Derry, Ulster and All-Ireland finalists Monaghan and Down followed in the coming weeks.

O’Rourke takes over from Brendan Hughes who spent three years in the hotseat. Stefan Forker, Chris McCarron and Pat McGeough make up the backroom team.

The Ulster Minor Championship draw will take place after the league as the draw will be seeded. The Championship will once again have a round robin format.

Armagh have reached the Ulster Minor Championship final since 2014 and have won the competition since 2009.

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U20 Championship

The Ulster u20 Championship will also have a round robin format and it gets underway in March.

Armagh have been drawn into a four-team section, meaning they’ll automatically qualify for the quarter-finals.

Only one team will exit the championship from the group stages, which will be the team that finished bottom of the five-team section.

Barry O’Hagan’s Armagh side will take on the challenge of Donegal, Fermanagh and Cavan in Section B.

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It’s a change of structure this year for the u20 Championship. The previous two campaigns under O’Hagan’s watch have both been knockout.

Donegal ended Armagh’s involvement at the first hurdle in 2022 while Monaghan did likewise in 2023.

O’Hagan side did enjoy a successful league campaign last year however as they captured Philly McGuinness Cup.

Armagh last reached the Ulster u20 Championship decider in 2018 and haven’t won the competition since 2007.