Armagh one win away from Ulster final

The Armagh Minors are one win away from securing place in a first Ulster final in ten years when they take on Donegal.

2014 was the last time the Orchard County competed in a provincial decider at this age grade. It was Donegal who dashed their hopes of landing an Ulster title at that stage.

And it’s Donegal who once again stand in their way as Armagh travel the long distance to Ballyshannon on Saturday.

Off the back of their convincing win over Monaghan last weekend, the mood in the camp with be positive.

Armagh were much the better side as they put the Farney County to the sword at the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds.

A goal from full forward Eoin Duffy, who finished with 1-4 on the day, was the key score for the Orchard County.

The major set Aidan O’Rourke’s side into the half time interval with a comfortable six-point advantage, 1-5 to 0-2.

They grew the eventual margin out to ten-points by the time the final whistle sounded, winning 1-13 to 0-6.

It was an impressive performance from the Armagh youngsters, especially coming after their first defeat of the campaign.

Derry proved much too strong in the final round of the group stages, sending Armagh into the last eight.

The Armagh Minors are one win away from securing place in a first Ulster final in ten years when they take on Donegal.
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Armagh responded brilliantly and will be keen to show their worth against a Donegal side who topped their group.

That sent the Tir Chonaill men straight through to the semi-finals as they only lost once throughout the group stages.

That was a surprising defeat to Down in their third outing. But they were strong enough to see off Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan in their other three ties.

It’s a really tough test for the Orchard youngsters, but one they’ll certainly embrace. It’s been a long time since Armagh competed in an Ulster final, so they’ll be keen to end that wait.