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Armagh Simplyfruit Football Leagues

August 26, 2013

T-MET SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1

Granemore 1-13 Armagh Harps 1-07

The Senior championship began with a shock as Granemore easily accounted for a woeful Armagh Harps from whom a lot was expected. The Harps were so out of tune that they trailed 1-9 to 0-3 at the short whistle with Caolan Rafferty and midfield youngster, Boylan dictating the play. An early second half goal failed to ignite the losers challenge who did get it back to 1-10 to 1-5 midway through the second half but then wasted an opportunity from the penalty spot to cut the deficit to put Granemore under pressure. Granemore were full value for their victory and a place in the quarter-final against neighbours Ballymacnab.

St.Patrick’s 2-08 Whitecross 1-07

Two pieces of magic from Robbie Tasker to set up both goals for Aidan Nugent was the difference between the teams as St Pat’s edged out wasteful rivals Whitecross who will be wondering how they lost this one. Simple, as the old saying, goals win games, proved correct. Nugent’s first green flag cancelled out the early three pointer from Barry Og McKeown as Pat’s then led 1-5 to 1-1 but 4 unanswered points had Whitecross level at the break. Whitecross took complete control from the restart but could not reflect their dominance on the scoreboard. With only a 3 point lead to show for their supremacy. Mal Mackin registered the Pat’s first score for over half an hour and a Tasker free had the deficit to the minimum before he set up Nugent for his second killer match winning goal. The winners will take on Sarsfields in the next round knowing that they have already used their get out of jail card.

Ballymacnab 1-17 Culloville 1-11

An upset looked on the cards as this game entered the final 10 minutes as 14 man Culloville led through a Paul Kingham goal 1-11 to 0-11. Unfortunately, this was to be Culloville’s last score having battled back from a 0-9 to 0-4 interval deficit. Ballymacnanb finished the stronger adding a flattering 1-6 to their tally but will know that they will have to be a lot better if they want to reach the last four.

Dromintee 1-09 Pearse Og 1-19

Dromintee, fielding their youngest team in decades were no match for an Og’s side who did the damage in the opening half. With a Marc Cullen goal helping them to an unassailable 1-10 to 1-1 half-time lead. To their credit the Dromintee youngsters never dropped their heads and made a match of it in the second half. Og’s win came at a cost as Conor Clarke got a straight red and he will be a big miss for the next outing, a repeat of last year’s final against champions Crossmaglen Rangers.

Intermediate Championship draw

Tir Na nOg v Grange

It does not get any easier for the undefeated, so far this year, Tir Na nOg as the Intermediate league champions face Grange for a semi-final championship place. The Portadown side got the toughest opening round draw facing Senior league side Shane O’Neill’s whom they beat 0-12 to 1-8. Their reward for that win is a clash with Grange who were impressive 2-10 to 1-8 victors over Middletown. A cracking game of football in prospect at the Athletic Grounds on Friday night at 8-15. The goal getting ability of Grange for me will see them send the favourites crashing out.

Clan Na Gael v Mullaghbawn

Clan Na Gael were fortunate to get the better of Clann Eireann 1-11 to 1-10 in the last round while Mullaghbawn surprised Silverbridge in a dour encounter. The loss of Paul Kelly (broken arm) and Gareth Smyth (Suspension) will be a big blow to Mullaghbawn but they will be boosted by the return of Eddie English. The Lurgan boys will start favourites to reach the last four. With English to help boost the scoring threat provided by Eugene McVerry and Ciaran Grant, Mullaghbawn will fancy their chances of the upset but their all round lack of cohesion will count against them against a young and eager Lurgan outfit.

Wolfe Tones v Madden

Two teams that went about their business quite efficiently in the last round. Wolfe Tones dismissed Senior league side St Peter’s 1-10 to 0-7 whilst Madden edged out Junior champions An Port Mor 1-10 to 0-12. Tones have the edge to reach the last four.

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