u20 Ulster championship dates released

Armagh will take on Fermanagh, Donegal and Cavan in the upcoming u20 Ulster Championship, which starts in March.

Barry O’Hagan’s side will compete in a group of four, while the other five Ulster team’s make up Group A.

Armagh take on Fermanagh in the opening round and will have to travel to Brewster Park on Saturday 9 March.

That’s one week after the Armagh senior team make the journey to the Erne County in round five of the National League.

Armagh will then host Cavan at the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds for round two of the u20 Ulster Championship.

That game will take place on Wednesday 27 March, and it will be Armagh’s only home game of the group stages.

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Finally, the Orchard County make the long trip to Donegal to face the Tir Chonaill men in round three.

O’Hagan managed an experimental Armagh side against Donegal in the McKenna Cup. It’s back to the Ballybofey venue on Wednesday 10 April.

The group stage structure will be welcomed by Armagh, who have been knocked out of the championship in the first round in the past three years.

Format explained

The competition will be organised in a ’round-robin’ format with a group of 5 and a group of 4, with teams playing the other teams in their group once.

The top team in each group progress to the semi-finals. The second and third place teams would criss-cross and play each other in two quarter-finals.

There will be Provincial and National Tier 2 knockout competitions for counties who do not qualify for the quarter-finals.

The winners of the two quarter-finals progress to the semi-finals. The two quarter-finals losers are eliminated. The two teams that lose in the semi-finals will also be eliminated.

Finally, the three teams that finished in fourth and fifth positions in the groups would be eliminated from the Ulster Championship and enter the Tier 2 competition.