Armagh Minors learn Ulster Championship fate

Armagh will play Derry, Antrim and Cavan in the round robin stages of the u17 Ulster Championship campaign.

Aidan O’Rourke’s youngsters host Antrim in the opening round but will have to travel to Cavan and Derry.

Derry are the reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions and will undoubtedly be Armagh’s biggest test.

Armagh have already played Antrim in the league, convincingly seeing off the Saffron’s in last week’s Shield semi-final.

The Orchard County take on Tyrone this Saturday in Crossmaglen in the Ulster League Shield final.

Championship

There will be a National Tier 2 and Tier 3 knockout competitions for counties who do not progress to the latter stages of Provincial Championships.

The top team in each group would progress to the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Championship semi-finals.

The second and third place teams would criss-cross and play each other in two quarter-finals. The winners of these two quarter-finals would go into the semi-finals.

The two quarter-final losers would be eliminated from the Ulster Championship and enter the National Tier 2 competition at the preliminary quarter-finals stage. The two teams that lose in Ulster semi-finals will go to National Tier quarter-finals.

Finally, the three teams that finished in fourth and fifth positions would be eliminated from the Ulster Championship and enter the National Tier 3 competition. The two provincial finalists will progress to the All-Ireland Tier 1 quarter-finals.

Armagh will play Derry, Antrim and Cavan in the round robin stages of the u17 Ulster Championship campaign.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns

Fixtures

R1 – Sat 6th April – Armagh v Antrim at Box-It Athletic Grounds

R3 – Sat 20th April – Cavan v Armagh at Kingspan Breffni

R5 – Sat 4th May – Derry v Armagh at Owenbeg

Quarter Finals – Sat 11th May – (First named team has home advantage)

(1) Group A Runner Up V Third in Group B

(2) Group B Runner Up V Third in Group A

 Semi Finals – Sat 18th May

(Repeat pairings to be avoided if possible.  First named team has home advantage)

(1) Winner Section A V QF Winner

(2) Winner Section B V QF Winner

Final – 26th May

(1) Winner 1 V Winner 2