Replying To mhunicean_abu: "When Tyrone have Armagh beat (at home) they'll be sick of them, isn't there 5 or 6 of the Armagh lads with the seniors? Donegal get over us and have their full squad available, they would be my choice for Ulster. One thing for sure it will be competitive in all provinces"
Unfortunately from a Donegal perspective be touch and go whether those players will be back. Oisin Gallen might have a chance if Donegal reach the latter stages of the championship. However think Conor O'Donnell is definitely not going to make it back given nature of his injury. Despite being down 2 of their best players think there won't be much between Donegal and your lads. One thing about Shaun Paul Barrett's sides is that they will be incredibly fit and defend in numbers so will be hard to beat. This style of play would not be for everybody myself included but it has been effective for him.
Replying To FoolsGold: "Tyrone won the U17 Minor All Ireland, 3 years ago. Darragh Canavan to the forefront. They will be one of the favourites for the All Ireland, not just Ulster."
There was very little between Tyrone and Donegal at the various age categories including at under 17. Tyrone did beat Donegal in the first round of Ulster on their way to winning the All Ireland 3 years ago but Donegal gave them plenty despite been depleted of some of their best players. Just a shame going to be the case again this time.
We've some more then hopeful prospects in this team individually and some impressive run outs yesterday, team seems a bit bigger then last year, how it all gels together is in the lap of the god really. The scoreline flattered us a bit and Longford were value for a fair stake into game up until half time. Hard to draw to many conclusions as the conditions were very very difficult.
We tend to use the minor grade and league at U20 as a developmental opportunity rather then a competitive exercise, give all the panel opportunities and rotate before refining things a bit in the championship at U20 and are competitive its worked out for us more often then not. Difficult to judge yesterday with the conditions but some good showings.
We've a tough run out the next day against a Meath team who have done well at minor and U 17 Vs us in recent years in this particular playing group so a tough, tough game early doors. I believe Shane Walsh who has already played senior championship football for Meath is togging out for the U20s, so looks like a tough early test. So not long to learn whether we will have a tilt at Leinster or a long year ahead of us.
Not sure what the laugh is here.Galway will beat Leitrim and the Connacht Final will be Galway v Roscommon in Tuam on March 7.I'd expect a close Final.Roscommon beat Galway in the U17 Final 3 years ago but it was tight and I wouldn't expect much between the teams this year either.If Galway win Connacht,the best of luck to them in the All-Ireland series.Tyrone won the U17 All-Ireland Title in 2017 beating Roscommon in the Final in Croke park.