Simplyfruit Senior Football League and Championship

September 15, 2014


Clan na Gael 0-9 Forkhill Peadar O Doirnin 1-12

Boosted by a 20 second goal from Kieran Smyth underdogs Forkhill kept their dream year going to fend off the challenge of Clan Na Gael 1-12 to 0-9 and secure their place in the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship. Forkhill went 5 points clear 1-2 to nil before Stefan Campbell launched the Clans fightback with the first of his 5 points in the opening half. Diarmuid O’Hagan (2) and Niall Henderson also pointed to bring the Lurgan interval tally to 0-8 but Jemar Hall, Stephen Sheridan and free taker Owen Donaghy added points to give Forkhill a 2 point advantage with 1-7 on the scoreboard. The battle at midfield was terrific as Sheridan and Burns eventually dominated Austin and McGuinness.

The second half was a tale of more wides than scores but that will not bother the winners who held their opponents a solitary Campbell pointed free over the 30 minutes. Forkhill were also wide of the mark but Sheridan with the fist followed by two Donaghy frees and a third from play and fittingly the last Forkhill point from Sheridan saw them comfortably through to the last four.

Clann Eireann 0-12 Mullaghbawn Cúchulainns 0-7

The loss of county man Eugene McVerry was a big blow to Mullaghbawn from the start and when their leading marksman Kieran Grant was black carded when they trailed 4-3 towards the end of the first half they faced an uphill battle to progress. Out of the blocks in their usual fast fashion Mullaghbawn failed to make it count on the scoreboard and were punished in particular throughout the game by the boot of Ryan Henderson and could not cope with the industry of James McDaid. 4-1 down points from Grant, Harte left the minimum before Grant’s black card was followed by white flags for Henderson and McDaid to give Clann Eireann a double score lead 6-3 at the short whistle.

Henderson opened the second half scoring with a point followed by replies from Docherty and Tiernan to cut the deficit to 2 points. A brace from full forward Conor Bell quickly doubled the lead but a second from Harte left a goal between them. Harte had a great chance to level matters but his effort bounced the wrong side of the upright. Henderson pointed to make it a 4 point game then Gollogly had a goal chance cleared off the line. English brought it back to a goal but Conor McKavanagh and Henderson points saw the unimpressive Lurgan side through to the semi-finals.


Annaghmore Pearses 0-13 Shane O’Neill’s 1-11

Credit to Shane O Neill’s who have reached the quarter final of the championship following a second qualifier victory, a 1-11 to 0-13 victory over Annaghmore. Shanes trailed by 3 points late on before substitute Oliver Gaughran pointed followed by a great goal from Connaire Mackin. Top scorer Paul O’Rourke added a further 2 points to push them three clear but Annaghmore were not done and rallied with 2 points but Shanes held firm to set up a meeting with Armagh Harps.

St Patrick’s, Cullyhanna 1-12 Sarsfields Derrytrasna 0-7

Last year’s beaten finalists St Patrick’s overcame a tricky hurdle in Sarsfields to reach the last four. It was an own-goal by a Sarsfields defender 12 minutes into the second half that gave the winners the cushion to hold out for a 1-12 to 0-7 victory. St Pat’s led 0-7 to 0-3 at the short whistle. In all Pat’s will be pleased that there was a good spread of scores with Tony Donnelly (0-4) leading the way and scores from Kieran Hoey (0-3), Barry McConville (0-2),Eugene Casey (0-2), Pearse Casey (0-1) and a solid defensive performance to see off a gallant Annaghmore.

Dromintee 3-14   Carrickcruppin 0-8

It was too easy for Dromintee as they renew acquaintances with Crossmaglen Rangers following their 3-14 to 0-8 victory over a very disappointing Carrickcruppin. Cathal McKenna helped himself to two goals with Martin O’Rourke bagging the third for the winners who led 2-8 to 0-4 at the short whistle.