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ULSTER U17 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Down face Armagh next year

 

THE Down v Armagh rivalry will be renewed next year in the first round of the Ulster U17 Football Championship.

With U17 replacing Minor, the Championship will have a new structure as these teams will not be playing each game as a curtain-raiser for the Ulster Senior Championship. Instead the first round takes place on Saturday, April 28, and the rivalry between Down and Armagh should create a lot of interest.

The Newry Democrat understands that the 2017 Minor managements will take charge of the U17 in 2018, which will see James McCartan and Paul McGrane on the touchline for their respective teams.

Down dumped Armagh Minors and Seniors out of the Ulster Championship earlier this season in Pairc Esler, so the Orchard County will aim to respond when they return to Newry in April next year.

With Crossmaglen and Kilcoo impressing in the Ulster U16 Club Championship in Dromore, players such as Shealan Johnston, James McKee and Justin Clarke will be expected to have a big influence on the Down team, while Shane Morgan, Duffy brothers Thomas and Ryan should play their part in the Armagh squad.

 

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