Simplyfruit Senior Football League and Championship

August 25, 2014

Fri, 29 Aug,

Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 2), Annaghmore Pearses V St Patrick’s Cullyhanna 18:45,

Annaghmore fresh from their first ever Senior Championship victory a 3-12 to 1-8 defeat of Shane O’Neill’s will not be phased at talking on last year’s beaten County finalists St Patrick’s. Pat’s began their Championship campaign with a 5-9 to 3-6 victory over Dromintee. Annaghmore inspired by Oisin Mac Iomhair (0-7) and minor star Conor Cullan (2-2) will not get the same freedom against a stiffer Pat’s defence. The County finalists may be missing the likes of Ciaran McKeever and Robbie Tasker but still have enough in hand to brush aside the challenge of a well drilled Junior Champions from last year.

Fri, 29 Aug,

Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 2), Maghery Sean McDermott’s V Whitecross St Killian’s 20:30

Whitecross put their dismal League form aside to sparkle with 1-22 in victory over Tir Na nOg in the last round. Maghery were not overly impressive in disposing of Killeavy 2-10 to 0-12 with Shay Tennyson and Jack Lavery grabbing the goals. For some time now Maghery, with the talent available to them, have been touted as serious challengers to Cross but continually fail to deliver. A repeat of their showing against Killeavy and a Whitecross side brimming with confidence will take full advantage. Maghery though should up the ante to book their place in the next round.

Sun, 31 Aug,

Venue: Carrickcruppen, (Round: 2), Carrickcruppen St Patrick’s V Crossmaglen Rangers 18:00,  Ref: TBC

The champions hit 3-15 from play with 10 different players featuring on the scoresheet and were not at full tilt against Sarsfields. Cross may be a bit alarmed at letting in 1-11 but face a Cruppen side devoid of the Sarsfields firepower. ’Cruppen beat Madden in a poor game and their enthuaism may not have been overly enhanced given the draw they received for that victory. Anything other than another stroll for the champions is the expected outcome.

Sun, 31 Aug,

Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 2), Armagh Harps V Granemore St Mary’s 19:45,  Ref: TBC

It may have taken Harps to the second half to open up in their derby win over Pearse Ogs but they looked impressive as they advanced to this meeting with Granemore parish, derby winners over Ballymacnab. Charlie Vernon and Declan McKenna lorded midfield against the Og but will not have it all their own way this time round. The tie of the round, the title whisperings of the Harps will be severely tested here and a second meeting between these teams may be needed to settle this one.