McShane hopes McGeown can provide the shine for Armagh
Paul McGeown’s ice-cool finishing proved central to Armagh’s astonishing win over Down in the quarter-finals of the Ulster Minor football championship.
So it’s no big surprise then to note that the accurate full-forward has been handed a key role for tomorrow’s semi-final against Fermanagh in Clones.
McGeown scored 1-8 in the 3-11 to 5-4 victory over Down, his penalty goal two minutes from time highlighting his massive contribution to his team’s success.
Down had been looking extremely comfortable when they led by 11 points on two different occasions after shredding an extremely vulnerable Armagh rearguard, but in a whirlwind finish at the Morgan Athletic Grounds they were just pipped by their hosts in a match that was brimful of open, attacking football.
Tomorrow manager Paul McShane, who guided the orchard county to the All-Ireland crown in 2009, will again look to Sarsfields clubman McGeown to ignite his attack against an Erne outfit who served up a shock in getting past fancied Derry in the quarter-finals.
Aaron Findon and Ethan Rafferty are again expected to form the Armagh midfield while McGeown can expect useful support from Michael McKenna, Calum Comiskey and Ciaran O’Hanlon up front.
Silverbridge man McShane was less than impressed with his side’s defensive effort against Down and made his feelings known in the immediate aftermath of the tie.
They had conceded four goals by the interval and were staring at an embarrassing defeat.
Fermanagh were lively and energetic against Derry, taking their scores well and defending resolutely, particularly as the match progressed. Their passing and support play disrupted Derry’s rhythm to such an extent that their game plan was severely undermined.
Skipper Ruairi Corrigan, son of former county senior boss Dominic and brother of current senior panellist Tómas, led by example against Derry while Derrylin’s Louis Leonard scored the team’s all-important goal.
Manager Mark Henry has instilled a frenetic work ethic within this Fermanagh side and although the orchard county were comfortable winners when the sides met in the recent Ulster Minor League, the Ernesiders feel they can step up on their performance this time round.
Fermanagh: B McAleer; L Cullen, C Cullen, L Leonard; N Beggan, N Shannon, N McMahon; R Hyde, R Lyons; R McGrade, R Corrigan, S Lynch; B Owens, E Courtney, J Duffy.