Armagh minors face Antrim in Shield semis

A place in the Ulster u17 league shield final is on the line at Crossmaglen this Saturday as Armagh take on Antrim.

After two league games, Armagh qualified for the shield having finished second in their group of three.

Their first-round loss to Down meant the Mourne County finished top, although Armagh bounced back with a win over Monaghan.

Antrim finished at the bottom of their group, losing both of their outings to table toppers Derry and Tyrone.

Across their two games, the Saffron’s only racked up a tally of 1-4 (they scored 0-1 in the first round against Derry).

While Armagh won’t be getting carried away with themselves, they’ll be confident of keeping the Antrim attack to single digits.

If that’s the case, then it’s what the Orchard County produce at the other end of the field that will be key.

In their two games to date, Aidan O’Rourke’s youngsters have hit an accumulated tally of 1-21 against Down and Monaghan.

Gavin O’Rourke nailed their only three-point of the season, coming late on against Down the first day out.

While Armagh didn’t hit the net in round two, they still have enough firepower to get past Monaghan by five.

A place in the Ulster u17 league shield final is on the line at Crossmaglen this Saturday as Armagh take on Antrim.
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Eoin Duffy was the main man in front of the posts that day, finishing with 0-5 (0-2 from frees) to his name.

Nine different players have got on the scoresheet, with Duffy (0-6) and Diarmaid O’Rourke (0-4) leading the way.

Armagh and Antrim met in the opening round of the Minor league last year, with Armagh winning 4-12 to 2-13.

They also clashed in the Ulster Championship opener, but that game finished all square on the day, 0-8 apiece.

Saturday is a great chance for the Orchard youngsters to reach a final. If they get over the line, then they’ll face either Tyrone or Monaghan in the decider.