Armagh host Tyrone in McKenna Cup clash

Armagh welcome neighbours Tyrone to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds on Wednesday for the latest chapter of the rivalry.

The third round of the McKenna Cup hardly catches the eye in the same way recent championship meetings have.

But when it’s comes to orange vs red, no matter what the competition, both sides want to get one over the other.

Armagh can still make the last four of the competition, if they see off their rivals by three-points or more.

Donegal’s 16-point win over the Orchard County was deemed null and void following an investigation into Donegal fielding an illegal player.

Corner back Finbarr Roarty was only 17 years old last Wednesday, meaning he’s too young for senior inter-county football.

Armagh welcome neighbours Tyrone to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds on Wednesday for the latest chapter of the rivalry.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Tir Chonaill manager Jim McGuinness has been suspended for eight weeks. The two-points earned from winning the game, and their score difference, have been erased.

Donegal still sit top of the table with two-points, following their victory over Tyrone on Sunday. If Tyrone beat Armagh, then Donegal advance due to the head-to-head ruling.

An Armagh victory of more than three-points would see them finish level at the top of the table with Donegal, but with a superior score difference.

Team news

A win would be great of course, but Kieran McGeeney will likely be more concerned with the level of performance.

There’s a number of rookies named in the starting team, with a few players coming back from injury as well.

Tomas McCormack, Peter McGrane and Joe Sheridan have never played in the championship before. Callum O’Neill and Darragh McMullen are both making their debuts.

Mark Shields and Oisin O’Neill haven’t lined out for Armagh since 2022. Tiernan Kelly missed the entire 2023 championship campaign through injury.

Armagh welcome neighbours Tyrone to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds on Wednesday for the latest chapter of the rivalry.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Wednesday night certainly could be a trial-and-error exercise for McGeeney and getting minutes into legs will be the main objective.

Tyrone also lost to Donegal in their opening round, by two-points, and played a number of newbies.

Conall Devlin, Tarlach Quinn, Aodhan and James Donaghy all made their senior inter-county debuts.

Notable names such as Niall Morgan, Michael McKernan, Peter Harte and Darragh Canavan all started.

Tyrone could name a stronger team this time around, but like McGeeney, they’ll possibly want to try out a few more fresh faces.

No matter the case, both sides will be keen to win the game and carry that momentum into the opening rounds of the league.