Orchard Minors face tough Owenbeg trip

All roads lead to Owenbeg this weekend for the Armagh Minors as they continue their Ulster Championship campaign.

The Orchard youngsters have got off to a great start with wins over Antrim and Cavan. But a much stiffer examination is expected on Saturday afternoon.

Derry are of course the reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions are unbeaten in 2024 themselves.

The Oak Leafers have already captured the Ulster League title, beating Down in the final, along with racking up championship wins against Antrim and Cavan as well.

These two counties have met quite a lot at minor level over the last wee while. In fact, they’ve played each other six times in the last eight years.

All roads lead to Owenbeg this weekend for the Armagh Minors as they continue their Ulster Championship campaign.
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Armagh’s record certainly wouldn’t offer much confidence for their chances as they’ve only beaten Derry once in that time.

Aidan O’Rourke’s side have been playing well, however. They’re the first Armagh Minor team to win back-to-back Ulster Championship games since 2014.

That was the last time they reached the decider and a win on Saturday would go along way in helping them get back to that stage.

Round Three

But Armagh’s eyes won’t shift that far ahead just yet. They’ll know there is a massive test coming up this weekend.

After winning the Ulster League Shield, Armagh overcame Antrim with the minimum of fuss in their Ulster opener.

All roads lead to Owenbeg this weekend for the Armagh Minors as they continue their Ulster Championship campaign.
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Cavan posed a bit more of a challenge, but one that Armagh found the answers to and got over the line by five in the end.

An early goal from midfielder Jack Loughran certainly helped their cause. The Orchard County Minors carried a five-point lead into the half time break.

While Cavan battled back in Breffni Park, an Aaron Garvey goal made sure of the Armagh victory.

A win will see Armagh advance straight to the last four while they are still guaranteed a quarter-final place should the game not go their way.