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Armagh League Round Up

May 18, 2015

Senior

The next couple of rounds of fixtures will be vital for a lot of teams by the way the table looks at the minute. Some teams will be able to strengthen their position at the top end of the table while others will be hoping to pull clear of the relegation dogfight. Two teams with no wins a third of the way through the League need points quickly before they are cast adrift with no real hope of survival. With only 4 points between the bottom 9 teams a few wins can make the difference to mid-table safety or a few losses take you closer to the prospects of Intermediate football.

Maghery continued their winning ways as they chalked up win number 5 with a 4-9 to 1-13 win over Granemore which keeps them one point ahead of Pearse Og and Ballymacnab. The Og’s were double scores winners 0-12 to 0-6 at Killeavy whilst the ‘Nab were 3-10 to 1-12 winners in Annaghmore. Something had to give in Cross as the defending champions met Armagh Harps who were also undefeated to date. It was the hosts who kept their record intact with a 2 goal winning margin 2-9 to 0-9. St Patrick’s and Wolfe Tones both sit on the 6 point mark in the upper half of the table following their respective victories over Carrickcruppen 3-15 to 0-10 and Wolfe Tones 3-13 to 2-5 win at Forkhill. Dromintee climbed 4 points clear of the pointless bottom two with a 2-12 to 1-6 win over Tir na nOg. Sarsfields drew level with Forkhill, Dromintee and Granemore following a 2-14 to 0-12 win against St Paul’s, ’Cruppen, with just one win from five, are fourth from bottom, a point ahead of St Paul’s. Killeavy and Tir na nOg are still seeking their first points.

Intermediate

Currently looks a carbon copy of the Senior League as 9 clubs are on the 4 point mark or lower with two rooted at the bottom pointless. The top two have pulled 4 & 3 points respectively clear of the remainder of the League. Like the top League the month of June will not be long in letting clubs know where the second half of the League will be fought out as promotion contenders, contended mid-table or relegation scrappers.

Madden could not follow up their good championship win to close the gap on League leaders Clann Eireann as they lost at home to a last minute Eoghan Burns winning point for Silverbridge handed them their second win on a 1-8 to 0-10 score. Clann Eireann continued their winning League run with a 2-13 to 2-9 defeat of Eire Og. After a shaky start Grange are moving away from the danger zone with win number three against Clan Na Gael 0-10 to 0-8. Middletown brought Whitecross winning run to a half by beating them 1-10 to 0-11. A 2-13 to 0-6 win for An Port Mor over bottom of the table Dorsey Emmet’s has moved them up to second place just a point off the lead.

Intermediate Championship

There was an upset in the Intermediate championship as high flying unbeaten League leaders Clann Eireann were beaten by Madden. The League leaders, with 5 straight wins under their belt, lost out by the minimum 1-10 to 1-11 to doughty championship fighters Madden. St Paul’s went through to the winners section with a 0-12 to 1-6 replay win over Culloville.

Junior Championship

In the 6 games played in the T Met Junior championship there were no surprises sprung as all the fancied teams advanced to the winners section. The Athletic Grounds produced the most competitive affair as St Patrick’s lost out as the old adage “goals win games “proved correct as they lost 2-8 to 0-12 to Ballyhegan. The next close game saw Tullysarran overcome a tricky hurdle in the shape of Corrinshego by a 2-7 to 1-5 scoreline. At Shane O Neill’s Belleek experienced little difficulty in defeating Dromintee 4-11 to 0-5. Lissummon had 14 points to spare at Tir na nOg as they saw off the challenge of Clann Eireann 2-15 to 0-7. Killeavy were 3-12 to 0-10 winners over Pearse Og at Cullyhanna and just down the road at Newtownhamilton Crossmaglen Rangers beat O’Hanlon’s 1-16 to 0-8.

There is bound to be some real heavyweight clashes when the draw for the winners section in this championship is made.

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