Armagh League Round-up – Clady only undefeated team

June 8, 2015

Clady who top the Armagh Junior Football League B table are the only team of the 48 clubs covering all four divisions who have yet to taste a League defeat. Clady squeezed out a one point 0-8 to 1-4 home win over O’Hanlon’s for their fifth win from 6 outings with their only dropped point coming in a draw with Killeavy. Close on Clady heels are St Patrick’s who are a point in arrears following their 3-6 to 0-4 win over Killeavy. The leading two at present look on course for Junior A next year as they are currently 6 points clear of their nearest challengers.

The Junior A League is the most competitive of the four Leagues as only 4 points separates 8 of the 9 participating teams. The odd team out is St Michael’s who are languishing at the bottom with one from 7 and 3 points adrift of the team above them Clonmore. Corrinshigo rattled in 3 goals away to Belleek for a 3-8 to to 1-10 victory that takes them to joint top of the table with Lissummon 0-11 to 0-8 winners at Crossmaglen. Tullysarran and Derrynoose trail the top two by a single point but both have a game in hand.

The 16 team Senior and Intermediate Leagues which are at the mid-point stages show an entirely different picture with 3 distinct Leagues going on in the one. Title contenders, mid-table safety and the relegation scrap are the 3 sections these two Leagues can be split into.

In the Intermediate Dorsey Emmett’s with no wins from 7 prop up the table but with a half dozen teams still within 4 points of them they have still plenty left to play for. St Peter’s, Mullaghbawn, Clan Na Gael, Eire Og and Keady are the teams currently in the relegation dogfight. Keady picked up their first points with a 4-10 to 0-5 win over Dorsey which puts them a point ahead of Collegeland who lost at home to Culloville 1-8 to 0-9.  St Peter’s, Mullaghbawn, Clan Na Gael and Eire Og have all managed to gain two wins but will be seeking a few more quickly to pull clear of the current bottom three teams. At the top end of the table there is a 3 way tie between Clann Eireann, Madden and An Port Mor.

Clann Eireann won at Silverbridge 0-14 to 1-7 whilst Madden saw off visitors Shane O’Neill’s 2-7 to 0-10 but high flying An Port Mor were hammered at Whitecross 5-10 to 1-3. Tellingly Whitecross have 2 games in hand on the top three and lie 2 points behind them. Grange, Shanes, Culloville, Silverbridge and Middletown are all safely perched mid-table with their options of being involved at either end of the table becoming clearer over the next couple of games.

Sarsfields ended Crossmaglen Rangers unbeaten League start 1-11 to 0-12 withstanding a late charge from the champions who trailed by 8 at one stage. Maghery recovered from their first defeat last week with a 3-15 to 2-8 win over visiting Forkhill. Armagh Harps won the city derby with the Og’s 1-15 to 2-9 to join Maghery at the top of the table. The leading duo is 2 points clear of St Patrick’s who were 1-15 to 0-5 winners at home to Annaghmore.

Ballymacnab’s good run was halted at Wolfe Tone with the home side winning 1-13 to 1-10. A youthful Dromintee are improving with every outing and their 3-14 to 0-9 away win at bottom of the table St Paul’s sees them in mid-table safety at present along with Crossmaglen Rangers, Sarsfields and Granemore.

Newcomers Forkhill are the better placed of the bottom 6 teams in that they have managed 3 wins in comparison to 1 win for the other 4 any St Paul’s still seeking their first win. Crucially for Killeavy they got their first win with a 0-12 to 0-11 victory over fellow strugglers Carrickcruppen. Annaghmore, Tir na nOg are the other two in the bottom 6 with the games between the current 6 in the relegation battle ultimately going to prove the more important of the lot.