O’Rourke content that Armagh can produce the goods

Aidan O’Rourke is hoping to lead Armagh to a first All-Ireland Minor title in 15 years and the third in the county’s history.

To do so, they’re going to have to beat the reigning champions Derry, who they’ve already lost to twice this season. It’s an incredibly difficult task, but one the Orchard youngsters are looking forward to.

While Armagh have waited 15 years to reach the decider, Sunday will be Derry’s third appearance in the All-Ireland final in five years. Plus, the Oak Leaf County have already beaten Armagh twice in the championship this season.

“Games are not always a straight line, so it is not a barometer between this game and that game,” said Armagh manager O’Rourke.

“The boys don’t need to necessarily know that. The boys need to have a good attitude and work hard and all the rest.

“I have to say from the outset, that anything we have put in front of them, they have been hungry to work on and be better. So that is probably the crucial thing.”

Third time lucky

O’Rourke, an All-Ireland winner and All-Star with Armagh in 2002, is relishing another crack at Derry. Armagh suffered a 17-point defeat to Derry in the group stages of the Ulster Championship and lost the Ulster final by two-points to the same opposition.

“The Ulster Final was a funny thing, because we kind of got credit for the Ulster Final when we felt we didn’t play well and were very frustrated after it,” added the Dromintee clubman.

Aidan O’Rourke his hoping to lead Armagh to a first All-Ireland Minor title in 15 years and the third in the counties history.
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“It was a bit galling to be getting pats on the back because we lost an Ulster Final. We would have felt that if we were anywhere close to our potential that we would have won the thing. 

“So, it is Derry in the All-Ireland Final, that is fine, but it is an All-Ireland Final on its own merits. So, irrespective of Derry or Kerry, it would be a huge task and huge opportunity.

“Where the boys have come from and gone to since the Ulster Final, we don’t have any fears. It will be a big day and a big occasion, and young fellas will have plenty of nerves and all the rest.

“But there is nothing to be afraid of in terms of ability and capacity to compete and to be at the level. They will be right there, so we are happy enough with that.”