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SuperCupNI: Armagh Juniors will mix it up for revenge mission against Rangers

A look at the County Armagh squads for the 2017 SuperCupNI

By Keith Bailie

You rarely get the opportunity for revenge in youth football, but County Armagh's Junior side have a golden chance to get one over on old foes Rangers on Monday night.

In last year's SuperCupNI, the Glasgow club defeated the Orchard County 2-1 thanks to an injury-time winner from Billy Gilmour - who recently made headlines by moving from Ibrox to Chelsea.

The two teams will clash again next week, and Armagh manager Chris Chambers intends to take a different approach.

Chambers explained: "Last year, we sat back and defended quite deep. We lost to a late goal but in truth, Rangers could have scored a few more. We defended really well and our goalkeeper was excellent but we still came up short.

"This time, we will take a different approach. Our plan is to just play our own game and not worry about our opponents.

"We think we have a more talented squad this year, so we're going to go out and play with freedom. It may not work but it will give the boys an opportunity to showcase themselves.

"Facing Rangers will be a good experience for the boys as I'm sure there will be a good crowd there."

Chambers believes 2017 could be the year a local side makes the breakthrough at Junior level for the first time since Dungannon Swifts in 1989.

"It's a massive ask, but it is possible. Londonderry and Antrim have both lost Junior finals in the last few years," said Chambers. "It's tournament football and there are fine margins. If you lose one game, then you're probably not going to reach the semi-finals, but if you get off to a good start you never know what might happen.

"County teams are a lot stronger now than they used to be, so I see no reason why we can't have a local winner this year."

Armagh's Junior side start their campaign with that game against Rangers on Monday at the Coleraine Showgrounds with a 7pm kick-off.

On Tuesday, Armagh will face North Dublin Schools at the Riada in Ballymoney at noon, before taking on Swindon Town at Anderson Park in Coleraine at noon on Wednesday.

Armagh's Premier side, managed by Brendan Grimes, will kick-off their campaign on Monday with a match against American side The Strikers at Portstewart at 2pm.

On Tuesday, Grimes' boys will play Komazawa of Japan at the Riada (kick-off at 2pm). On Wednesday, Armagh face Londonderry at Portstewart, the action getting under way at 7pm.

COUNTY ARMAGH JUNIOR SQUAD: David Walsh, Sam Monaghan, Jason Dodds, Jesse Carson, Caolan Connell, Shea Conway, Dane McCullough, Jamie Haire, Chris Hutchinson, Jack Scott, Harry Evans, Shane Adamson, James Black, Adam Wright, Matthew Willis, Alberto Balde, John McGovern, Harry Anderson

COUNTY ARMAGH PREMIER SQUAD: Tyler Boyce, Liam Hughes, Sean Toman, Lee Upton, Ben Davison, Daniel McKeown, Daniel Neill, Luke Wilson, Cathal McGinty, Oisin Smyth, Mark Lucas, Eoin Flynn, Pablo Andrade, Andy McAlinden, Curtis Hallisey, Tom Weir, Ryan Leeman, Ryan Carmichael

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