Armagh T-Met Club Championship Draws – Nothing to really excite

January 19, 2015

The draws for the T-Met Armagh 2015 championships have been made. With the back-door system in place for its second year, the anticipation surrounding the draw has rather diluted in comparisons to the straight knockout format. The changes put in place to avoid teams clashing for a second time in the early rounds, coupled with 3 teams swopping places in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior championships has added an extra spark to the 2015 championship.


Granemore were the ones handed the short straw in that they are first up to face the defending champions Crossmaglen Rangers. Last year’s beaten finalists Armagh Harps will face promoted Wolfe Tones. The other promoted side, Forkhill making their bow against perennial well fancied championship outsiders Maghery who continually disappoint. Intermediate champions St Paul’s have a tough assignment against St Patrick’s. Annaghmore v Tir Na nOg and Carrickcruppen v Killeavy will leave all four sides fancying their chances of building a bit of championship momentum by claiming a first round victory. The two stand-out ties are Sarsfields taking on Pearse Og and hopefully a “jeans less” Dromintee clashing with Ballymacnab.

TMET SFC 2015- St Patrick’s v St Paul’s, Annaghmore v Tír na nÓg, Granemore v Crossmaglen, Sarsfields v Pearse Óg, Armagh Harps v Wolfe Tones, Maghery v Forkhill, Carrickcruppen v Killeavy, Dromintee v Ballymacnab


Interesting tie in the Intermediate (from which it will be hard to pick a winner) is last year’s beaten finalists Grange have drawn Collegeland who lost last year’s Junior final. The trio dropped down from Senior sees Whitecross take on promoted Dorsey Emmet’s, Shane O Neill’s take on Clan Na Gael and Madden face another Lurgan side Clann Eireann. Junior champions Keady will take on Eire Og. The 3 ties that remain will provide early tests of each teams title credentials as they are all evenly balanced. Middletown do battle with Silverbridge, An Port Mor take on Mullaghbawn with the top first round match the meeting of Culloville and St Peter’s.

TMET IFC 2015- Middletown Eoghan Rua v Silverbridge, Clan na Gael v Shane O’Neill’s, Whitecross v Dorsey Emmet’s, Culloville v St Peter’s, Keady v Éire Óg, Clann Éireann v Madden, An Port Mór v Mullaghbane, Grange v Collegeland


It’s the three teams who have come down from Intermediate that will be fancied for the Junior title. Of the 3 Derrynoose have been handed the toughest assignment St. Michael’s, Lissummon will play Clann Eireann Seconds whilst Clonmore will take on Clady. Top draws in the Junior is the meetings of Ballyhegan v St Patrick’s 2 and Tullysaran v Thomas Davis. One never knows what you have in second’s teams, so Belleeks will be wary of Dromintee’s second string as will O’Hanlon’s who take on Crossmaglen Rangers with the second’s outfits of Killeavy and Pearse Og having to worry about each other as they meet in the first round.

TMET JFC 2015- Lissummon v Clann Éireann 2, St Michael’s v Derrynoose, Killeavy 2 v Pearse Óg 2, Crossmaglen 2 v O’Hanlon’s, Dromintee 2 v Belleek, Tullysaran v Thomas Davis, Ballyhegan v St Patrick’s 2, Clonmore v Clady.