Last chance saloon for Armagh u20s

After tasting defeat for the first time this season last weekend, it’s now last chance saloon for the Armagh u20s.

Donegal were two-points winners last Saturday afternoon as the two teams met in a top of the table clash.

That victory saw Donegal advance straight to the semi-finals as they finished at the top of Section B.

For Armagh, it’s on to the quarter-finals and they host Monaghan, who finished third in Section A.

Armagh will enjoy home advantage, but it’s a quick turnaround of just four days for Barry O’Hagan’s troops.

Monaghan won two of their four group games, beating both Down and Antrim to finish in the middle of the table.

But they did suffer defeats to Tyrone and Derry. The Red Hands earned an impressive 5-20 to 0-8 win while Derry had two-points to spare.

Monaghan knocked Armagh out of the championship last season, when it was played in a knockout structure.

The two teams met in the opening round of the Ulster Championship at Clones and the home side edged it by the minimum of margins.

A number of Armagh players were present that day and will be keen to gain revenge for that one-point loss.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

The Orchard County were arguably the better team last year but couldn’t convert their chances in front of goals.

They’ve been scoring well this season in the earlier rounds, although Armagh only hit 0-7 last weekend.

They could be down a few key men as well. Brendan O’Hagan and Cathal Agnew, who has recently returned from injury, are both currently suspended.

But Armagh will still be confident that they’ll have enough talent on the field to put in a good shift.

A semi-final berth beckons for the Orchard County and home advantage could just tip the scales in their favour.