Murphy honoured to be Armagh u20 captain

Gareth Murphy will lead the Armagh u20s into battle for the very first time this weekend as they take on Fermanagh.

There was no u20 league campaign this season, so the Orchard County get their 2024 season underway on Saturday.

This is the Killeavy defenders third season pulling on the orange and white jersey at this level, all under the management of Barry O’Hagan.

Murphy was full back when Armagh lost out to Donegal in 2022 and missed out on their defeat to Monaghan in 2023 through injury.

He’s hoping to make up for lost time this season and is looking forward to captaining the Orchard youths.

“It’s a great honour for the family and especially for the club as well,” said Murphy on this week’s podcast.

“We’ve had two captains in the last three years for Killeavy (Lee Rice was captain in 2022) so that shows the progression in the club too.

“There’s a great bunch of lads there in the leadership group that pushes everyone on. We have to keep the standards high too I suppose within the group.

“We try to make sure that there’s no one slipping up and we try to keep everyone level-headed as well.

“There’s been some of us together now for five years now. It’s a tight group and in the last couple of weeks it’s got a lot tighter. Even the younger lads coming in, they’ve given us a great boost.”

Senior stepping stone

Murphy shared a dressing room with Peter McGrane and Oisin Conaty at minor and u20 level. Those two are now starters on Kieran McGeeney’s starting team.

“It’s good to see the boys getting their chance there,” added Murphy, who believes those are providing a path for the u20s.

“It’ll push boys on too to get that chance and that opportunity with the senior team. That’s the goal for everyone at the end of the day for the u20s.”

Gareth Murphy will lead the Armagh u20s into battle for the very first time this weekend as they take on Fermanagh.
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