‘T-Met’ Armagh Football Championships 2015
St Pat’s bow out of Championship
Granemore 1-11 St.Patrick’s, Cullyhanna 0-13
The task of playing 3 championship matches in 11 days took its toll on St Pat’s as they made a surprise championship exit at the hands of Granemore. In a nip and tuck game, in which the teams were level on 7 occasions, it was underdogs Granemore who twice came back from a four point deficit to prevail with the last kick of the game a converted 35 meter from Chrissy O Connor. The game’s top scorer Aidan Nugent (0-9, 8 frees) opened the scoring after 2 minutes with Jason O’Neill levelling three minutes later. Gareth Mackin and Nugent points were negated by a brace from O’Neill to leave it 3 all after 15 minutes. Granemore took the lead through O’Connor, but three points on the trot from Nugent edged Pat’s 6-4 ahead. Midfielder Brendan Boylan pulled one back but Cullyhanna finished the half on a high as Mackin, Nugent and Eugene Casey points gave them a 9-5 half-time lead.
Granemore halved the deficit with an early second half brace from O’Connor but anything he could do Nugent could copy to again put 4 points between them on 41 minutes. A third point of the half for O’Connor left a green flag between the teams. A darting run from Caolan Rafferty set up Boylan for the game changing goal to equalize 1-8 to 0-11. Rafferty was again to the fore as he set up namesake Ryan for the lead point with 10 minutes left on the clock 1-9 to 0-11. With Granemore playing down the clock Eugene Casey popped over an equalizing point as normal time ended and 5 minutes of additional time began. O’Connor regained the lead for Granemore pointing a free for a foul on Caolan Rafferty. An eight placed ball success for Nugent looked as if it was going to send us into extra-time but O’Connor stroked over the winning point 1-11 to 0-13 to progress to a quarter final meeting with Maghery
Killeavy advance to Quarter-Final
Killeavy 2-09 Wolfe Tones 1-11
A 2-2 salvo from full forward Raymie Teggart were the key scores as Killeavy advanced to a quarter-final meeting with Armagh Harps. A 20 meter free, calmly converted by Teggart some 6 minutes into added time, gave his team a 2-9 to 1-11 victory over Tones despite having failed to score in the opening 17 minutes and were 1-1 behind at that stage as a James Doyle penalty had opened the scoring on 10 minutes and a minute later a Declan Rafferty point followed.
Miceal McNamee got Killeavy off the mark but Niall Geoghegan restored the four point advantage. A long delivery from Teggart was dropped over the line by goalkeeper Nial McCoy and to compound the keepers woes a poor kick out led to Gerard Byrne levelling matters. A Declan McVeigh converted 45” was cancelled out by a levelling Killeavy point from Tommy Hannaway. Tones finished the half the stronger gaining a 3 point interval lead 1-6 to 1-3 with points from John Toal (2) and James Doyle.
Killeavy, through Kyle Mallon opened the second half scoring only for Ryan McQuillan to restore the 3 point gap. Michael Murphy made it 1-5 for Killeavy before a second Teggart goal on 41 minutes helped them lead 2-5 to 1-7. On 48 minutes McVeigh fashioned an equalizer. A second from Hannaway gave Killeavy a short lived lead as Geoghegan replied for the Tones. Teggart looked to have won it with his first point but up popped Declan Lavery to restore parity as a 6 minute added time clock flashed. Regular point contributor in recent weeks CAOLAN McCONVILLE popped over a crucial lead point for Killeavy. But once again Lavery held his nerve to tie things for the sixth time in the match. But with extra-time looming Teggart rifled over the winning point to set up a quarter-final match with Armagh Harps for this young Killeavy side.