Minors final a family affair

The Dohertys - Paul and Sarah-Louise - celebrate Armagh's Ulster Minor triumph earlier in the season.
The Dohertys - Paul and Sarah-Louise - celebrate Armagh's Ulster Minor triumph earlier in the season.

All-Ireland glory for Armagh minor ladies tomorrow (Saturday) would offer cause for celebration across county and club - with special reason to cheer inside one Ballyhegan Davitts home.

Paul Doherty has been part of the B panel’s management team during recent triumphs but this weekend’s showpiece meeting against Tipperary will cap a promising debut campaign at B level for his daughter, Sarah-Louise.

“This is her first season with the minors and has certainly helped bring on her game,” said her father. “There is a real buzz around the whole set-up, with messages of support coming in from across the Armagh family and, of course, our own Ballyhegan club.

“This group of players can draw confidence from back-to-back Ulster titles but lost out last year in the All-Ireland semi-finals to Tipperary.

“We have probably managed to retain more players this year than Tipperary and there is a great sense of excitement leading up to the final in Kinnegad.

“The majority of the squad can point to past titles with the under 14s, under 16s and minors but an All-Ireland win would be something really special for everyone.

“The whole All-Ireland final build-up and actual match will give Sarah-Lousie some wonderful experience and victory would mean a lot to Ballyhegan and our own family.”