Armagh u20s face stiff Down challenge

The Armagh u20 hurlers lock horns with Down this Saturday in the All-Ireland u20 B Championship at Downpatrick.

It’s sure to be a tough test for the Orchard County youngsters as they take on a strong and fancied Down team.

The Mourne County have tasted success at this level, collecting the Richie McElligott Cup as recently as 2022.

Down overcame Armagh by the minimum of margin on their way to capturing the title for the very first time.

They reached the last four of the competition last season but lost out to Roscommon who suffered defeat at the hands of Derry in the decider.

Armagh fell at the first hurdle in 2023. They took on Mayo and lost out by seven-points in the end, 2-6 to 1-16.

More recently the Orchard youngsters took part in the Ulster u20 Development League. They finished third in the league table having played four games.

The Armagh u20 hurlers lock horns with Down this Saturday in the All-Ireland u20 B Championship at Downpatrick.
Photo Credit: Tibs Rice

They lost to table toppers Donegal and Tyrone. They did earn two back-to-back victories over Cavan and Monaghan in between times.

Tyrone were eight-point winners in round one while Donegal, who finished at the top of the table, only beat Armagh by one.

Armagh have been scoring freely right throughout the league and netted in three of their four encounters.

Michael Murphy’s side will look to Middletown duo Ronnie Monaghan and Paddy Lynch along with Craobh Rua’s Paddy McVerry and Conor Reavey for scores.

Armagh will be well marshalled at the back with Cuchulainn’s defenders Ciaran Moore and Jack Scallan.

Dual player Niall Dale of Keady/Culloville will likely hold one of the midfield spots for the Orchard County.

The winner of Saturday’s showdown advances to the semi-finals where they’ll meet the winners of Tyrone and Wicklow.

The Armagh u20 hurlers lock horns with Down this Saturday in the All-Ireland u20 B Championship at Downpatrick.
Photo Credit: Tibs Rice