Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Minors: McShane confident of a place in last four

Armagh Minor football boss Paul McShane believes his team can atone for their Ulster final lapse against Cavan when they face Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park tomorrow (2.00).

The Orchard County were held scoreless in the second-half of the provincial decider which saw their Breffni opponents claim their first title since 1974.

“The boys were very disappointed with themselves after that loss and they want to show themselves in a good light in Croke Park,” observes McShane.

The manager will expect much more from his attack on this occasion. Full-forward Paul McGeown has proven a rich source of scores in the recent past and with the support of Michael McKenna and Conal Gough he can make life difficult for Roscommon.

Five years ago Roscommon won the All-Ireland Minor crown under current senior boss Fergal O’Donnell and this precipitated a flow of exciting young talent within the county, the latest recruits having already shown their worth, beating New York, Mayo and Galway en route to the Connacht title.

Manager Ross Shannon maintains: “It’s going to be very tough but we have gained in confidence by winning the Connacht Championship.”

Meanwhile, Ulster champions Cavan will take on Galway at Pearse Park, Longford tomorrow (3.00) hoping to replicate their Ulster final form.

Joint manager Dermot McCabe says: “We had a tremendous win over Armagh and we now have to build on that.”

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