Armagh Championship fare beings

May 11, 2015

Heavyweight Clashes

The early opening round of the T-MET Armagh Senior Football Championship did not cause too much enthusiasm amongst club supporters. The games played lacked any real intensity given that second round action would not be until mid-August.

With no real upset results in the first round there was a packed pot for the second round draw in the winners section. The draw did not disappoint with a couple of heavyweight clashes thrown up. Maghery will take on Pearse Og with city rivals Armagh Harps pitted against St Patrick’s. Killeavy’s reward for beating ’Cruppen is a game against the champions Crossmaglen Rangers. Annaghmore, fresh from their victory over Tir Na Nog will take on a Ballymacnab team that looked the part in beating Dromintee.

In the first round loser’s section debutants Forkhill will take on Sarsfields over whom they recorded their first Senior win in the League opener. Dromintee will be fancied to advance against St Paul’s. Granemore and Carrickcruppen looks the top draw in this sector with Tir na nOg and Wolfe Tones another interesting match in this win or bust scenario for these 8 first round losers.

Senior Championship

Annaghmore 2-08 Tir na nOg 0-11

First half goals from Oisin MacIomhair and Conor McCann put Annaghmore in control, an undisciplined Tir na nOg (they finished with 12men) outscored them 6-2 in the second half.

Sarsfields 4-04 Pearse Og 0-21

A tally of 0-21 is very impressive scoring but it will be the 4 goals that they conceded that will be the worry for the Og’s management. Sarsfields were 2 goals  in 3 minutes up but Marc Cullen led the Og’s revival to lead 0-10 to 2-02 at half-time. A Michael Stevenson was cancelled by 3 Ronan Clarke points as Og’s regained control only for Tomas McAlinden to notch his third goal to keep Sarsfields in contention. The city side finished the stronger as Cullen took his personal tally to 0-1.1

Carrickcruppen 0-8 Killeavy 2-13

The eventual winner looked in trouble at the break only 6-4 in the lead wind assisted. A terrific second half, with goals from Gerard Byrne and Ciaran O’Hanlon easing Killeavy to a first 2015 victory and their first in the opening round of the Championship for 4 years.

Dromintee 1-11 Ballymacnab 1-16

The Grugan brothers Jack and Rory were the leaders in attack as The Nab won an entertaining clash with a new look Dromintee Championship side. Both sides showed enough to suggest that further down the line they will be in even better shape to mount a championship challenge.

Armagh Harps 1-15 Wolfe Tone 2-08

Harps looked on course for an easy passage to the winners section as they led 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time. But well into the second half it was backs to the wall stuff as Wolfe Tone were only a point down 2-7 to 1-11 only for Harps to regain their composure with a reply of four points to one to survive a scare.

Maghery 1-14 Forkhill 0-9

Forkhill can be proud of their Senior Championship debut as they gave a good account of themselves against one of the competitions leading fancies. The early loss to injury of Stefan Forker did not unduly affect the winners who led by a goal at the break 1-6 to 0-6. With Aidan Forker dictating the play from number 6 the Loughshoremen booked their place in the winners section despite the gallant efforts of the losers.

St. Patrick’s 2-12 St Paul’s 0-8

St Pat’s posted 2-12 but will be disappointed that they had also 16 wides as they comfortably saw off the St Paul’s challenge. There was only a green flag raised by Shea Hoey in it at half-time 1-4 to 0-4. Wind assisted Pat’s were in control throughout the second half with a Robbie Tasker goal 6 minutes from time sealing the victory.

Granemore 1-7 v Crossmaglen Rangers 4-15

Two first half goals from Martin Aherne helped the champions into a 2-06 to 0-5 interval lead. Rangers stepped on the gas with Jamie Clarke and Mickey McNamee raising green flags. On 59 minutes Brendan Boylan netted the Granemore goal.

Intermediate Championship

Dorsey Emmet’s 0-01 Whitecross 4-20

The scoreline says it all in this one sided encounter. The game will be of little benefit to either as former top flight outfit Whitecross are determined for a return either through League or Championship whilst Dorsey will be yearning for the more comfortable competitive surroundings of the Junior section.

Shane O’Neill’s 1-09 Clan na Gael 1-12

A shock for the Camlough based Shanes as the lost out to a Clan’s side who were not going that well in they League. With leading scorer Sean McLoughlin showing the way Shanes went into the break 8-3 to the good. But an unanswered 1-7 from Clans gave them total control. A Paul O’Rourke point halted the winners flow. It was a deep injury-time converted penalty by Connaire Mackin that took the bad look off the scoreboard for a very disappointing Shane’s.

Mullaghbawn 0-11 An Port Mor 0-13

Wind assisted Mullaghbawn led 2012 Ulster Junior Champions An Port Mor 9-4 at the short whistle but could only manage 2 second half points from Grant and Harte, as the Blackwatertown boys match the opening half tally of their opponents, to come out on top 0-13 to 0-11. Kieran Grant (0-4), Eugene McVerry(0-3) Eddie English (0-2) and Shaun Harte (0-2) were the losers scorers.

Culloville 2-09 St Peter’s 2-09

Two goals inside the last 10 minutes saw St Peter’s claw back a 6 point deficit to earn a draw with Culloville who led 2-4 to 0-6 at the interval. A Kieran Hatzer penalty and a Gerard Callan goal helped the Blues to their short whistle break which was extended with the opening 2 points against the breeze in the second half.