McKee urges Armagh to show their resolve
When Armagh were beaten by Derry in the Ulster Minor Hurling championship semi-final, manager Eamon McKee and his assistant Paddy McArdle urged their team to re-focus immediately on the All-Ireland series.
The players have done just that and today their mettle will be fully tested by a Westmeath side that includes a number of prodigiously talented youngsters.
Armagh found Derry's physique and technical skills rather too much but in the interim the management team have been addressing the flaws which they felt were highlighted in the Ulster series.
"The boys have applied themselves well to preparing for this game and if we can get off to a good start and maintain our defensive stability we should be in with a chance," says McKee.
Peter McKearney will lead an Armagh outfit that is an amalgam of style and steel with Chris Heaney a formidable presence and Aaron Fox capable of troubling opposing sides.
Armagh senior boss John Lennon is spearheading a drive to ensure that under-age talent within the county is given every chance to flourish.
"When it comes to the All-Ireland stage, Ulster teams are usually not rated highly but this is an opportunity for these Armagh lads to show their skills and maybe move on. That's what we want to see because that's how they will develop," maintains Lennon.
Donegal are another Ulster side in action today in the same competition and they will take on Roscommon at Athleague.
Meath became the first side to reach the semi-finals when they beat Kildare.