Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Ulster Minor Championship: Carragher holds key to Armagh title bid

Armagh manager Paul McShane has lost no time in setting out his stall now that his side have reached a second successive Ulster final.

“We want to retain our provincial crown — that is our short-term goal. We have worked hard to get this far but we know that Tyrone will be very difficult opponents on Sunday week. There is no doubt that there is an added level of intensity at minor level but that is helping to bring out the best in players,” insists Silverbridge clubman McShane.

His team have already beaten Derry, Monaghan and Cavan in the Ulster Championship and while McShane takes encouragement from these results he believes the side will have to show a further improvement if they are to remain as provincial kingpins.

It was a superbly finished goal from midfield ace and skipper Peter Carragher with ten minutes remaining against the Breffni boys that provided Armagh with the impetus to go on and win the game by two points (1-10 to -11) although the losers were handicapped by the dismissal of Andrew Dewart in the second-half.

Carragher’s link-up with Conor Gough, a MacRory Cup and Hogan Cup winner with St Colman’s College Newry this year, at midfield has been a key factor in Armagh’s progress to date.

“To be honest, our performance against Cavan was one of our poorer displays this year and we were very relieved to get the win. Peter Carragher’s goal was the turning point and we only began to look more comfortable after his score arrived. Cavan showed a lot of courage though in hanging on until the end and we certainly knew we had been in a match,” admits McShane.

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