|WHEN?||June 28, 1992
|WHAT?||Ulster Minor semi-final|
|WHO?||Armagh 3-12 Tyrone 1-8
|WHERE?||Casement Park, Belfast
|WHISTLER?||John Scully (Monaghan)
HOPE more than expectation probably summed up the mood of the Armagh camp ahead of this Ulster semi-final clash 23 years ago in 1992.
But they emerged from it as a team whose talent was being recognised at a far wider level.
A resounding victory over the pre-match favourites catapulted them on the way to an All-Ireland final appearance and devastating loss at the final hurdle.
Seasons like that, of course, can swing on very small margins. On this occasion, the 1991 beaten Ulster finalists from the O’Neill county started well.
They led by two points at one stage, with JJ Kavanagh and Des Treacy doing well.
However, from then on the game was transformed and it was the Orchard county who took full advantage.
Diarmuid Marsden and Niall McGleenan were the tormentors in chief for Armagh. Their accuracy from frees and play made a big difference and the game was effectively over at half-time as a result.
Future senior star, Marsden, scored two goals and their third was fired in by Barry Hughes. Tyrone battled well, but they were never going to get back into contention after that.
Instead, Armagh cruised to the final whistle, and progressed to the final where they took the title on the way to a memorable though ultimately disappointing late All-Ireland final defeat against Meath.