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Plenty to whet the appetite

February 4, 2013

Armagh Club Championship Draws

A total of 49 teams anxiously awaited the draws for the T-MET Armagh Senior, Intermediate and Junior championship draws and when they were made they produced a host of matches throughout the three championships that have already whet the appetite even though the games are over six months away.

Before a draw was made there was a lot of sorting out as to what teams were playing in what championship. The third highest all time achievers in the Senior Championship with 14 titles to their name Clan Na Gael have dropped down to Intermediate. The plight of Lurgan football is such that they had no team in the Senior draw as Clann Eireann also dropped down and irony of ironies the two Lurgan clubs drew each other in the first round of the Intermediate championship. A third team St Michael’s, Newtownhamilton also left the Senior grade dropping all the way down to the Junior championship where they drew St. Michaels Killean in the preliminary round. Newcomers to the Junior championship are Pearse Og 2 competing for the first time.

SENIOR

The defections from the Senior Championship left the smallest field for a long time 13 going into the hat. That meant 5 Preliminary round games and 3 bye’s. Champions Crossmaglen Rangers, Carrickcruppen and Sarsfields were the ones given their passage to the quarter finals. With the champions out of the way for now the big opening tie was beaten finalists Pearse Og pitted against Dromintee and things did not get any better for either of those two teams as the winner play Cross in the quarter-final.

Carrickcruppen who ran the champions close in the semi-final last year await the winner of the Killeavy v Maghery match. Intermediate champions Killeavy have been given a tough task in Maghery who are regarded as underachievers this last few years. Last year’s other beaten semi-finalists St Patrick’s take on neighbors Whitecross in another appealing tie with Sarsfields awaiting the winner.

The remaining four teams will all be eying a semi-final spot as they have been grouped together vying for a place in the last four. Culloville, under John Rafferty, take on Ballymacnab while Granemore face Armagh Harps with both winners meeting in the quarter-final.

INTERMEDIATE

15 teams in the hat for the Intermediate draw with Keady the lucky ones receiving a bye into the quarter-final.

The big talking point following the draw was the three Lurgan derbies. Clan Na Gael v Clann Eireann, St Paul’s v Eire Og and last year’s beaten finalists St Peter’s taking on Wolfe Tones.

There is also the big South Armagh derby where Paul McShane’s, Silverbridge take on neighbors Mullaghbawn. Ulster Junior champions An Port Mor make their bow against Madden. Dual club Middletown will take on Grange. A fancied outfit will fall at the opening hurdle when Tir Na Nog meet Shane O Neill’s.

Junior Football Championship

The biggest entry of the lot with 21 teams in the draw leaving 5 Preliminary rounds. Beaten finalists Annaghmore were first out of the hat will take on newcomers Pearse Og 2 with it not getting any easier as the winner must play Liussummon in the first round proper. St Patrick’s Seconds will be well fancied to advance to a possible appetizing derby with Crossmaglen Rangers Seconds after drawing Phelim Brady’s in the Preliminary round. Killean drew St Michael’s with the winners taking on Forkhill who have native Barry Shannon (ex Dromintte and former County player) back to boost their ranks. Derrynoose and Clady is a tough preliminary clash with Killeavy Seconds awaiting the winner. The three C’S meet for a place in the quarter final as Corrinshigo face Collegeland and Clonmore awaiting the winner.

There were three further very good first round ties drawn as Tullysaran take on fancied Ballyhegan. A derby feeling as O’Hanlon’s entertain Belleek and improving Dorsey Emmet’s meet unpredictable Dromintee 2.

Fixtures

Junior Football Championship

Annagmore v Pearse Óg 2

St Patrick’s 2 v Phelim Brady’s

St Michael’s v Killean

Derrynoose v Clady

Corrinshego v Collegeland

Lissummon v Annaghmore/Pearse Óg’s

Tullysaran v Ballyhegan

Forkhill v St Michael’s/Killean

O’Hanlon’s v Beleek

Crossmaglen 2 St Pat’s/Phelim Brady’s

Dorsey Emmet’s v Dromintee 2

Killeavy 2 v Derrynoose/Clady

Clonmore v Corrinshego/Collegeland

Intermediate Championship

Middletwon v Grange

Tír na nÓg v Shane O’Neill’s

Clan na Gael v Clann Éireann

Wolfe Tones v St Peter’s

Silverbridge v Mullaghbane

An Port Mór v Madden

St Paul’s v Éire Óg

Bye Keady

Senior Championship

Pearse Óg v Dromintee

Granemore v Armagh Harps

Ballymacnab v Culloville

Whitecross v St Patrick’s

Killeavy v Maghery

Ballymacnab/Culloville v Granemore/Harps

Sarsfields v Whitecross/St Patrick’s

Crossmaglen v Pearse Óg’s/Dromintee

Carrickcruppen v Killeavy/Maghery

The Hurling Club Championship Draw:

Junior Hurling Championship

Middletown 2 v Seán Treacy’s, Lurgan

Middletown 2/Seán Treacy’s v Craobh Rua

Killeavy v St Malachy’s, Portadown

Senior Hurling Championship

Derrynoose v Cú Chullain’s, Armagh

Middletown v Keady.

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