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Armagh starlets will know the score

Two forwards who played key roles when Armagh won the All Ireland Minor football title in 2009 will share an important mission tonight only this time at senior level.

Rory Grugan and Gavin McParland are expected to carry the lion’s share of responsibility for landing scores against St Mary’s at the Athletic Grounds (7.30pm) as the Orchard County fix their sights on the semi-finals of the Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup.

Manager Paddy O’Rourke says: “These young players are gaining experience all the time and if they can get scores this will further boost their confidence in advance of the National League.”

Grugan has registered 0-9 in Armagh’s two games to date and is viewed as a player of rare quality while McParland is proving himself the ideal target man in the attack.

Michéal O’Rourke will also get the chance to show his paces while the 2009 All Ireland winning Minor skipper Declan McKenna is expected to be retained in the half-back line where he was impressive against Down and Antrim.

Even though his side lost to the Saffrons on Sunday, Armagh boss O’Rourke was not too downcast.

“We should have taken more scores but they had a fairly strong team out. We gave away a first-half goal that did not help us but hopefully we will be tighter (against St Mary’s),” he says.

St Mary’s have struggled to date and were heavily defeated by Down at the weekend.

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