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Armagh Championship Round-Up

August 11, 2014

Now that the county is out of the All-Ireland series it is the local club championships that will be the centre of attention. What many people will be wondering though is Will the new championship set-up dilute the action? Now that there is a “back-door” system in place for the first time will the Og’s v Harps, Dromintee v St Pat’s, Granemore v Ballymacnab, Clan Na Gael v St Paul’s, Culloville v Grange, Middletown v Mullaghbawn carry the same intensity as if they were a straight knock-out game. Only time will tell. The one round league system and the counties prolonged championship run will have left some clubs short of “full team sessions” ahead of their championship games so they might very well welcome a second bite at the cherry. But it’s full steam ahead for a weekend feast of championship action in Senior, Intermediate and Junior.

SFC

Fri, 15 Aug, Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 1) Annaghmore Pearses V Shane O’Neills 18:45

Annaghmore have probably achieved their season’s goal by surviving their first year in Senior League football with a very creditable eleventh place finish. Their championship opponents are relegated Shane O’Neill’s who have been very badly hit by the “immigration bug” Form suggest that the bubble has yet to burst for Annaghmore as they progress to a historic second round of the Senior championship.

Fri, 15 Aug, Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 1), Ballymacnab Round Towers V Granemore St Mary’s 20:30

In recent times Ballymacnab have come out on top in this parish derby with Granemore who have enjoyed a better league campaign in preparation for this championship test. The ‘Nab to continue to enjoy the limelight over their nearest rivals.

Sat, 16 Aug, Venue: Pearse Ogs, (Round: 1), “Tir na nÓg V Whitecross St Killian’s 17:00

St Killian’s to put a disastrous league relegation campaign behind them as they get their championship campaign off to a winning start. The Whitecross boys played a lot better than their league placing suggest and will have the measure of their Portadown opponents.

Sat, 16 Aug, Venue: Pearse Ogs, (Round: 1), Killeavy St Moninna’s V Maghery Sean McDermott’s 18:30

Maghery have been touted as a team capable of toppling the champions for years but cannot transfer league form into championship. Killeavy have a good blend of youth and experience and always seem to put in good championship performances. The scoring power of the Loughshoremen to tip this contest in their favour.

Sun, 17 Aug, Venue: Crossmaglen, (Round: 1), Carrickcruppen St Patrick’s V Madden Raparees 14:00,

This is a question of which Carrickcruppen will turn up as they are probably one of the most frustrating underachieves, who on their day can match the best, but those days are lacking in consistency. Still they should win this contest against a Madden side who also fought off league relegation.

Sun, 17 Aug, Venue: Crossmaglen, (Round: 1), Dromintee St Patrick’s V St Patrick’s Cullyhanna 15:30

Last year’s beaten finalists St Pat’s take on a young Dromintee side who are trying to once again make a championship mark following a few idle years. Pat’s have lost a few key cogs from last year’s machine but it did not reflect in the league runner-up position.  A tight contest expected with the losing finalists with a point to prove just edging it.

Sun, 17 Aug, Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 1), Armagh Harps V Pearse Og Armagh 18:00

The standout tie of the round as the Armagh city rivals go head to head. Harps will be boosted by their recent league win over competition champions Crossmaglen whilst Og’s will be hoping to get the selection mix right especially in attack. Harps seem to be on the up and are given the nod to eclipse their great rivals.

Sun, 17 Aug, Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 1), Crossmaglen Rangers V Sarsfields Derrytrasna 19:45

A young progressive Sarsfields team got the one draw they probably did not want the champions Cross. Still with the fall back of a second chance they should have no inhibitions and crack on to have a real go which should make for a good contest but the result will be the same a Rangers win with their team selection of more interest maybe than the performance.

IFC

Fri, 15 Aug, Venue: Clann Eireann, (Round: 1), Clan na Gael V St Paul’s Lurgan 19:15,

Clan Na Gael will be souped-up for this one against their neighbours who are hunting promotion to the top division with one League game to go. St Paul’s can frank League form by putting Clans through the back door.

Sat, 16 Aug, Venue: Armagh Harps, (Round: 1), Clonmore Robert Emmets V Silverbridge

Clonmore still need to avoid relegation as they face a Bridge side that also failed to sparkle in the League. Silverbridge may have elected to put their eggs in a championship basket so it’s time they started to hatch as should progress to the second round.

Harps Sat, 16 Aug, Venue: St Pauls, (Round: 1), Clann Eireann V Wolfe Tones Derrymacash 19:00

First and fourth in the League should provide us with one of the better Intermediate games. League leaders Wolfe Tones to progress to the next round after a very exciting contest.

Sat, 16 Aug, Venue: Granemore, (Round: Round 1), Middletown Owen Roes V Mullaghbawn Cúchulainns

Misleading League positions are due to absenteeism with both keeping their powder dry for the championship. This could be an explosive contest in more ways than one with Mullaghbawn getting home after a tight squeeze

Sun, 17 Aug, Venue: An Port Mor, (Round: 1), Derrynoose St Mochua’s V St Peter’s

League form to be franked as St Peter’s get the verdict to progress to the second round

Sun, 17 Aug, Venue: Keady, (Round: 1), Culloville Blues V Grange St Colmcille’s 15:00

A top tie as two contestants with an eye on the prize cross swords early on. In terms of preparation Culloville might have a slight advantage as a unit which will see them progress.

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