Armagh Simplyfruit Football Leagues

June 4, 2013


Defending League Champions Maghery continued their dominance over Crossmaglen Rangers in this competition as they overcame a 1-6 to 0-4 interval deficit into a 0-16 to 0-10 victory. A sublime Jamie Clarke goal helped Rangers lead but outscored 8 points to 2 in the final quarter they are now 6 points adrift of the joint table toppers Maghery. Joining Maghery at the top are Armagh Harps who had 11 points to spare 3-15 to 2-7 following their visit to basement club St Paul’s who are seeking their first league point. A controversial converted penalty by Brendy Mackin helped Shane O’Neill’s lead 1-9 to 0-8 at the break against St Pat’s but it was the second green flag raised by Danny Monaghan that enabled Shanes fend off the strong comeback that fell short by the minimum margin 2-14 to 0-19 despite the 11 point haul from the losers Robbie Tasker. Whitecross led against Pearse Og 1-3 to 0-4 at half time with P McGuinness netting but a 13 point second half haul bagged the points for the City side. A Gavin McParland converted penalty for the ‘Nab was erased by goals from the two Declan’s, Carville and Monaghan, as ‘Cruppen led at the short whistle 2-5 to 1-6. Cruppen had doubled their lead in the second half but a scrambled goal gave the visitors the momentum to record a narrow 2-10 to 2-9 win. Killeavy picked up their second win with a surprise 2-7 to 0-12 away win at Culloville who paid the price of some sloppy defending for the goals conceded Granemore moved up to joint second place following their 1-11 to 1-8 win over Dromintee.


The meeting of the top two teams was a non- contest as Tir na nOg blew their visitors Silverbridge away 1-13 to 0-7 to record their seventh straight win.  At the other end of the table Clann Eireann remain pointless following loss number 7 at Annaghmore 0-10 to 0-9 with the winners up to second in the table. Clan Na Gael kept in touch with the top with a comfortable 1-15 to 1-4 win at An Port Mor whose season has been very flat to date. The winning start from Wolfe Tones has come to an abrupt end as they shipped their third defeat losing 2-11 to 0-8 at Clonmore who are improving following a shaky start. No luck for Dorsey Emmet’s at Madden as they lost out 2-17 to 2-9 which keeps them in the bottom three.  Grange had 2 points to spare over visitors Mullaghbawn 1-12 to 1-10 to move into the top half of the table above their conquests. Hurling rivals Middletown saw off Keady 1-8 to 0-10 to move above them away from the relegation zone.

Junior A

Forkhill dropped their first point of the year last week and were it not for the intervention of Stephen Sheridan with 2 late points they would have slipped to their first defeat as they scrambled a 0-13 to 1-10 draw at fourteen man Crossmaglen Seconds who led 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time. An early Brian Cunningham goal and a late one from Kevin O’Brien eased St Michael’s to a 2-16 to 0-10 win over Belleek. Collegeland are creeping back into title contention following a good one point away win at St Patrick’s seconds 1-10 to 0-12 with Martin Hoey scoring 5 points for the losing side. A first League win for Tullysarran as they sprang a surprise at Lissummon by winning 1-14 to 2-7.

Junior B

Dromintee seconds  saw their improved form continue even though they lost out narrowly 0-11 to 0-10 to fancied Pearse Og. Table toppers Corrinshego came away from Clady with a 1-11 to 0-10 victory to strengthen their hand. A fourth win for Killean 3-6 to 0-6 sees them close within 3 points of the two leaders and right in the mix for promotion.