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Armagh Football Championship Update

September 19, 2016

The already hectic fixture schedule for the Armagh Championships will be further hit by the drawn All-Ireland final. With matches being literally played every night of the week at opposite ends of the county for some teams someone had already wittingly suggested “Sunday morning before 12 Mass is available” for the hard pressed hard working fixtures committee. There is a simple solution to this fixture chaos a return to the traditional way -a straight knock-out championship. For now all that can be done is wish the fixtures committee all the best in trying to get to the concluding stages of the Championship with this added headache added to an already overloaded burden.

Senior

Sunday 25th September – Venue: Keady, Armagh Harps V Crossmaglen Rangers15:45,  Ref: TBC

Vanquished finalists for the last two years Armagh Harps who have displayed an indifference in this year’s Championship have it all to do as they cross swords with the champions in the last 8. Beaten first time out by Ballymacnab 1-15 to 0-16 Harps had qualifier victories over Grange 2-16 to 0-9 and Sarsfields 3-17 to 3-14 to set up this meeting with Cross who have beaten Dromintee 2-13 to 1-10 and Tir na nOg 6-20 to 0-8. Cross have racked up 6-36 in their last 2 Championship games against a Harps side that only managed 10 and 9 points in the two games. Harps don’t look to have improved defensively having conceded 4-38 to date in the Championship and come up against a Cross side that have been adding experienced injured players to their very youthful squad as they hone in on an eighth successive Armagh title.

Saturday 24th September – Venue: Pearse Ogs, Ballymacnab Round Towers V Clann Eireann17:00,  Ref: TBC

A return match between Ballymacnab and Clann Eireann after the Lurgan side condemned their rivals to the qualifiers with a fabulous performance in a 4-11 to 0-13 victory. Clann Eireann had defeated Madden 3-15 to 3-9 before taking on a ‘Nab side that had taken care of Harps 1-15 to 0-16. The ‘Nab beat their second neighbouring city rivals Pearse Og 2-18 to 1-8 to set up a second crack at Clann’s with a place in the semi-finals on offer for the winner.

Wolfe Tones/Forkhill v St Patrick’s

St Patrick’s began their campaign in very impressive style with a 2-20 to 1-5 win over Pearse Og and were very workmanlike in a follow up win over Sarsfields 1-15 to 1-9. The Cullyhanna boys are seen by many as real opposition to Cross who beat them in the final 3 years ago. Pat’s will be able to see first-hand their quarter final opponents who go head to head on Monday night after both came through the qualifier route. Forkhill were beaten by Sarsfields 3-11 to 1-16 but then recorded a terrific 4-8 to 0-9 victory over a more fancied Granemore. Wolfe Tones beat Grange 3-15 to 2-16 but lost out to Maghery 0-12 to 0-7 leavuing them to take on Forkhill for a place in the last 8.

Tir na nOg/Dromintee v Maghery

Maghery steadily rather than spectacularly have progressed to the last through the winners route as they accounted for Annaghmore 1-15 to 1-9 and Wolfe Tones 0-15 to 0-11. Tir na nOg will have to recover from their heavy defeat to Cross having sprung a surprise in the opening round with their 1-14 to 0-15 win over Granemore. Dromintee built on a promising display in losing to the champions Cross 2-13 to 1-10 by accounting for Annaghmore 0-15 to 0-11 to set up Monday night’s match with Dromintee for the right to face Maghery.

Junior

Friday 23rd September – Venue: Athletic Grounds, St Patrick’s Cullyhanna V Belleek Laurence O’Toole’s 20:30,  Ref: TBC

These south Armagh neighbours have raised a few eyebrows by making it through to the last four taking care of some more fancied teams on the way. Belleek followed up their win over Crossmaglen 11 2-14 to 1-7 with a great win over Collegeland all this following an opening round defeat to Lissummon 1-11 to 1-9, St Pat’s won “the big one” the parish derby with Dorsey Emmetts 2-14 to 1-11 to progress to the last four. Pat’s opened their account with a 0-12 to 0-10 wins over Killeavy 11s.

Lissummon v Clonmore

Lissummon accounted for Pearse Og 11 3-14 to 1-8 in their last outing to make it three wins on the trot having beaten St Michael’s 1-10 to 0-4 and then Belleek 1-11 to 1-9, Clonmore, the competition favourites, began with a 2-16 to 1-4 win over Ballyhegan then beat Keady 3-5 to 0-10 and had to repeat that last win by beating Keady again to reach the last 4.

Intermediate Championship

Carrickcruppen /Silverbridge v Tullysaran/Middletown

Junior champions last year Tullysaran are having a good year thus far at Intermediate level with promotion in the League to Intermediate A secured they have had Championship wins over Derrynoose 1-15 to 1-12 and Mullaghbawn 2-15 to 4-7 to set up a last 8 meeting with Middletown. Middletown, following a 2-15 to 1-10 defeat at the hands of Silverbridge, took a leaf out of their opponents book by dismissing both Derrynoose 2-16 to 0-15 and Mullaghbawn 0-14 to 0-7 ’Cruppen have come though the winners route 1-16 to 0-12 over An Port Mor followed by a 4-18 to 1-11 win against St Paul’s. The Bridge accounted for Middletown before losing out to Killeavy 0-11 to 1-9 but got back on track with a hard fought 0-8 to 0-6 victory over Shane O’Neill’s. The two south Armagh sides will be eying up a final berth as the aforementioned quarter-finalists play each other for final appearance.

Clan Na Gael v Whitecross/An Port Mor

Clan Na Gael could be on a revenge mission in their semi-final provided last year’s beaten finalists, Whitecross, who have impressed to date with win’s over St Peter’s 0-11 to 1-6 and Clan Na Gael 1-18 to 0-9. The Lurgan boys recovered from their loss to the ‘Cross by knocking out the favourites Culloville 2-9 to 0-11 and then ousted Killeavy 1-14 to 0-11.Whitecross have to take on An Port Mor before facing a re-match with Whitecross.

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