Armagh will play the game not the occasion says Forker

Playing the game and not the occasion is the challenge for the Armagh Minors this week ahead of the All-Ireland final. They take on Derry, for the third time this season, on Sunday afternoon.

It’s been 15 years since Armagh competed in an All-Ireland at this level, when they last won the Tom Markham Cup. In the intervening times however, the Orchard County have had very little success at underage level.

Armagh coach Stefan Forker believes this side have the maturity and composure to deal with the nerves. They excelled in the semi-final the last day out, convincingly seeing off a fancied Mayo team.

“That’s the crop we’re dealing with,” said the Maghery clubman. “The boys don’t seem to get too high or too low, and that’s exactly the type of person you want in your camp.

Business like

“We’re business-like. When training is on, they turn up with the right attitude, be ready to work, get our plan, get our house in order and then execute it on the day.

“That was the big thing with the Mayo game in the second half, we executed exactly what we wanted to do and that’s because the work was done. 

“So how do you prepare for the day and produce on the day? You have to have your homework done, your training done, you’re well versed on what you’re supposed to do, and you go with the right attitude.

“Hopefully it all comes off. Sometimes it doesn’t, but we’re hoping that we prepare them well. At the end of the day, we bring them to the table and they’re hungry for it. They gobble it up.”

Armagh already have some silverware to show for their efforts this year having won the Ulster League Shield. They lost the Ulster final to Derry and will be keen to gain some revenge for that previous defeat.

Playing the game and not the occasion is the challenge for the Armagh Minors this week ahead of the All-Ireland final.
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