Do or die for Armagh youngsters

Only victory will do for Armagh this weekend when they welcome Monaghan to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds on Saturday.

The pair face off in the UMFC quarter-final, with a place in next week’s semi-finals up for grabs.

Armagh suffered their first defeat of the campaign to Derry last weekend, losing out heavily in the end.

That saw Aidan O’Rourke’s side finish second in their group, while Derry advanced straight to the final four.

Armagh, the Ulster League Shield winners, did pick up back-to-back championship wins over both Antrim and Cavan.

Monaghan also earned two championship wins from their group of five. But they also lost two of their encounters.

They beat Fermanagh and Down but lost out to league leaders Tyrone and second placed Donegal.

Monaghan, managed by former Farney forward Dermot Malone, knocked Armagh out of the championship last season.

They two team battled it out in Castleblayney at the quarter-final stage, with the hosts winning by 11-points in the end.

That Monaghan team went on to contest the Ulster and All-Ireland finals but lost out to Derry on both occasions.

The two teams have changed since that meeting 12 months ago and both will be confident of picking up a result.

Only victory will do for Armagh this weekend when they welcome Monaghan to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds on Saturday.
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Armagh will hope to improve on their scoring tally from the last day out having only finishing with 0-7.

And looking at a Monaghan defence that has conceded seven goals in their last three outings, scores will be there for the taking.

They conceded 4-13 against Tyrone and 2-12 against Donegal while hitting 0-18 across the two fixtures.

Armagh beat Tyrone by six in the Ulster League Shield final. That will give the youngsters some confidence ahead of Saturday.

It’s do or die for both teams which could lead to a really exciting encounter and Armagh may just have enough to get over the line.