Loughran pleased with “unbelievable” semi-final win

Armagh Minor skipper Shea Loughran says that Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo was “unbelievable”. The Orchard County controlled the majority of the game and ran out seven-point winners.

Despite conceding a goal inside the first sixty seconds, and hitting the crossbar twice themselves, Armagh were undoubtedly the better team. Once they found their groove, they cruised to the decider.

“It unbelievable,” said Loughran after the game. “The first half was probably the worst half we have played all year.

“So, to come back and play like that in the second half is an unbelievable feeling. After losing the Ulster final, we get another go at Derry and that’s all you can ask for.”

“We felt as though we were on top in the game, and we were picking them apart. But we were unlucky in hitting the crossbar twice.

“I gave away the first goal. But we knew that we had control of the game and if we just worked it up the field, we would get it over the bar, which we did.”

Loughran was one of the stars of the show for Aidan O’Rourke’s young side, kicking 0-4 from play.

He had a massive impact in the forward line and enjoyed the wide-open space provided by the Mayo rearguard.

Armagh Minor skipper Shea Loughran says that Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo was “unbelievable”.

Armagh were comfortable in the last ten minutes, but still had to be on their toes. “It was tough,” added the Carrickcruppen clubman. “We were eight-points up, but we still had to keep going and not let them get a goal.”

It’s Derry up next in the All-Ireland final, a repeat of the Ulster decider. “That’s all we want to do,” Loughran added.

“Get back against Derry in the All-Ireland final. We were beaten by two points the last time, so we have to do it now and bring an All-Ireland back to Armagh.”