Armagh League Round-Up

June 10, 2014

Senior Maghery lead the way

A 3 point victory 1-11 to 1-8 over winless Whitecross has propelled Maghery to the top of the table. Whitecross have been playing a lot better than their 8 straight losses might suggest but were the architects of their own downfall in their latest loss by finishing with 12 players. Armagh Harps inflicted just their second defeat on Granemore 1-14 to 2-7 to move joint second in the table along with St Pat’s, 2 points off the leaders. Sarsfields made it 6 wins from 7 with a one point win 0-16 to 2-9 over visitors Dromintee who have now lost 4 from 7. Carrickcruppen picked up a very welcome second win 2-11 to 1-11 at the expense of bottom of the table Tir na nOg. Nearly half way through the league a pattern of title contenders, mid-table safety and relegation candidates has emerged. Carrickcruppen, Shane O’Neill’s, Whitecross, Madden and Tir na nOg presently fit the relegation zone. Granemore, Pearse Og, Killeavy, Dromintee and Annaghmore are the mid-table quintet. Crossmaglen, Ballymacnab, Sarsfields, Harps St Pat’s and Maghery have all their eyes on the prize.

Intermediate Forkhill top of table

Promoted Forkhill, sit proudly top of the Intermediate League with just a one point loss to Eire Og their only blemish in their 7 league starts. The minnows whose  initial aim would have been mere survival are a point clear of St Paul’s with An Port Mor, Wolfe Tones (who drew with Culoville) and St Peter’s (who drew with Grange) all 2 points adrift of the surprise but worthy leaders. Silverbridge 2-8 to 0-10 winners at Clann Eireann are up to sixth with Clan Na Gael, Grange and Culloville making the top 9 sides. There are 7 clubs left who are in the relegation dog fight. Presently Clann Eireann and Mullaghbawn have a bit of breathing space on the 6 point mark, Eire Og have 4 points with Lissummon a point worse off. Derrynoose and Clonmore both have 2 points which is one more than bottom of the table Middletown.

Junior A – Crossmaglen clear of Collegeland

Seven points down, inside the opening 10 minutes, Crossmaglen Rangers Seconds recovered to beat Corrinshego 2-12 to 1-8 to get to the top of the table. Rangers are a point clear of Collegeland who were comfortable 0-24 to 0-8 winners over bottom side Pearse Og. St Michael’s moved up to third following their 0-11 to 0-9 derby win over near neighbours St Pat’s Seconds.

Keady and Pearse Og are in the relegation places and will need to start showing improvement. Dorsey Emmet’s, Corrinshego, Ballyhregan and St Patrick’s cannot afford to lose much more ground on the top three or it will be a case of mid-table sanctuary for them.

Junior B – Title is a three Horse Race

Belleek, Killeavy Seconds and Tullysaran have pulled 7 points clear of the bottom six teams left in the division. The top three have all suffered just one defeat each to date but their latest wins show how they dominate the division. Belleek were 5-15 to 1-7 winners against Killean whilst fellow table toppers Killeavy beat Clann Eireann 0-14 to 3-4. Tullysaran a point behind the joint table toppers but with a game in hand were 1-14 to 1-5 winners against O’Hanlon’s