Loughran leading the way for Armagh

The Armagh Minors have a chance to lift silverware this weekend and Carrickcruppen man Shea Loughran will lead the way.

Loughran is the Orchard Minor skipper for the season ahead and is looking forward to the role.

“It’s a great honour for my club and my family,” said Loughran. “Hopefully now I can deliver and get some silverware this year.

“I didn’t see it coming, we were just told one day in the changing rooms. I just have to step up now and lead the team on.”

Armagh take on Tyrone in the Ulster League Shield final on Saturday afternoon at Crossmaglen.

Already, at such a young age, there’s a healthy rivalry between these two sides. They met in the Buncrana Cup final last season as u16s, which Armagh won.

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Dromintee’s Ulster Club contingent make up a large percentage of the Armagh panel. They beat Errigal Ciaran in last year’s Paul McGirr Cup Ulster final.

While Armagh want to win this weekend, their focus is on the championship where they play Derry, Antrim and Cavan.

Silverware

“I know it’s a shield, but it would still be good to get some silverware, but our main focus will be the championship,” added Loughran. “We see this as preparation for that.

“We’ll definitely be going out to win the shield. Ourselves and Tyrone, it’s always a great battle.

“We met in the Buncrana Cup final last year and it was a great battle, we just nipped it in the end. It was a hectic final so hopefully it’ll happen again now Saturday.

“We should be able to bring that momentum in now and hopefully create a winning streak, starting this Saturday.

“The Dromintee boys, they’ll be well prepared coming into the game, they know what a final is like, and they know how to play on the big stage.”

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