McGeeney hopeful minors can capture All-Ireland crown

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney is hopeful that the Orchard Minors can deliver an All-Ireland title this weekend. Aidan O’Rourke’s youthful side take on Derry at Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday afternoon.

It’s the third championship meeting between the two counties this season. The Oak Leafers have won the previous two clashes, with one of them being the recent Ulster final.

Derry were 17-point victors when the teams first locked horns in the group stages of the Ulster Championship. The gap was closed to two by the time the Ulster final came around. But once again it was Derry who came out on top once again.

Armagh haven’t won an All-Ireland minor title since 2009, when they beat Mayo in the decider. Current senior stars such as Rory Grugan and Andrew Murnin were members of that team. They ended a sixty year wait for the county.

“I just want to wish Aidan (O’Rourke), Stefan (Forker), Niall (Woods), James (Daly) and all the boys all the best,” said McGeeney after their six-point victory over Roscommon last weekend.

“It was a fantastic performance the last day out against Mayo, probably one of the best underage performances I’ve ever seen from Armagh.

“So, all credit to the management team and the best of luck to the boys, it’ll be fantastic for us if we did get an All-Ireland Minor under the belt.

“It’s a long, long time since we’ve done anything at underage level. The whole county is behind them, and it’ll be great to see loads of fans down there supporting them as well.”

McGeeney’s men will take on the might of Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final next weekend at Croke Park. It’s set to be Armagh’s first appearance in the last four of the race for Sam Maguire since 2005.

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney is hopeful that the Orchard Minors can deliver an All-Ireland title this weekend.