Armagh aim to end long minor wait

All roads lead to Omagh on Sunday for the Armagh Minors as they compete in the counties first Ulster final since 2014.

It’s been a long time since Armagh made the decider, and even longer since they won the competition.

Senior stars Rory Grugan and Andrew Murnin were minors the last time Armagh won an Ulster title at this age grade.

That was back in 2009 and that team, led by Paul McShane, went on to win the All-Ireland title.

Aidan O’Rourke’s side won’t be too concerned with that far down the line just yet. All their attention is focused on Sunday.

And they face an incredibly difficult task as reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions Derry stand in their way.

All roads lead to Omagh on Sunday for the Armagh Minors as they compete in the counties first Ulster final since 2014.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

The Oak Leafers have been the dominant force in the province at this age grade. Sunday will be their 8th final appearance in ten years.

They’ve also won two of the last four All-Ireland titles and are certainly the team to beat once again this year.

But Armagh need no reminder of the challenge they face. It’s just a few weeks ago since Derry brutally put them to the sword.

The sides clashed in the final round of the group stage and Derry, who had home advantage, controlled proceedings.

While the first half was an even enough affair, the hosts stormed to a huge 17-point win after the turnaround.

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All roads lead to Omagh on Sunday for the Armagh Minors as they compete in the counties first Ulster final since 2014.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Armagh bounced back impressively from that gut-wrenching defeat to beat Monaghan and Donegal to qualify for the decider.

Caomh Agnew will miss out through injury, having suffered a finger injury in that earlier game against Derry.

But other than that, Armagh should have a full bill of health and will be keen to do themselves justice.

It’s a massive challenge for the Orchard youngsters but one that they should embrace and look forward to.