Armagh legend Joe Kernan helps preview the Ulster football final clash of Derry v Armagh with Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney.
Joe Kernan believes that Armagh’s biggest challenge in their Ulster final bout with Derry may be overcoming their lack of experience in big games.
The Oak Leafers are the reigning provincial title holders, have contest All-Ireland quarter-finals and semi-finals at Croke Park, and some of their club stars have been to the biggest game last season.
The 2002 All-Ireland winning manager, whose county have not been to an Ulster final since last winning it in 2008, gives his thoughts to Shane and Michael above (click play).
ARMAGH v DERRY
They last met in the championship in 2020 when Armagh won an Ulster quarter-final by two points.
Their last meeting in the Ulster Final was in 2000 when Armagh won by a point.
PATHS TO THE FINAL
- Armagh 0-20 Antrim 1-8 (Preliminary round)
- Armagh 1-14 Cavan 0-12 (quarter-final)
- Armagh 4-10 Down 0-12 (semi-final)
- Conor Turbitt 0-15 (0-5 frees, 0-1 mark)
- Shane McPartlan 1-5
- Rory Grugan 0-5 (0-2 frees)
- Andrew Murnin 1-2
- Ciaran Macken 1-1
- Derry 3-17 Fermanagh 2-8 (quarter-final)
- Derry 1-21 Monaghan 2-10 (semi-final)
- Shane McGuigan 2-14 (0-11 frees, 1-0 pen)
- Paul Cassidy 1-4
- Conor McCluskey 1-1
- Ethan Doherty 0-3
- Conor Glass 0-3
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
- 2020: Armagh 0-17 Derry 0-15 (Ulster quarter-final)
- 2011: Derry 3-14 Armagh 1-11 (Ulster semi-final)
- 2010: Armagh 1-10 Derry 1-7 (Ulster preliminary round)
- 2007: Derry 0-10 Armagh 0-9 (All-Ireland qualifiers – R1)
- 2005: Armagh 1-11 Derry 0-10 (Ulster semi-final)
PREVIOUS ULSTER FINALS MEETINGS (THREE ONLY)
- 2000: Armagh 1-12 Derry 1-11
- 1987: Derry 0-11 Armagh 0-9
- 1977: Armagh 3-10 Derry 1-5
*Derry are bidding to win successive Ulster titles for the first time since 1975-76. Armagh last won the title in 2008, which was also the last time they reached the final.
*Armagh have won the Ulster title 14 times; Derry have eight titles.
*Derry are seeking their sixth successive win in the Ulster championship, having beaten Tyrone, Monaghan and Donegal last year and Fermanagh and Monaghan this year.
*Derry averaged 2-19 in their wins over Fermanagh and Monaghan. Armagh averaged 2-14 in their wins over Antrim, Cavan and Down.
*The winners will be in the same group as Clare, Monaghan and Donegal in the All-Ireland series. The losers will be in the same group as Galway, Tyrone and Westmeath.
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