Armagh Championship Draw

January 16, 2017

It is fair to say since the introduction of the “back door” to the Armagh football championships the annual January draw for this year’s championships does not carry the same importance or raise the same excitement and expectancy that the former straight knock-out format attracted.

Nevertheless for managers, players and supporters there is nothing like the championship even though it could be up to 7 or 8 months away as the draw for the Donnelly Group Sponsored championships were made this week.

Senior Championship

Holders Maghery face Madden

Maghery will begin the defense of their title with a game against Madden which for them was not a bad draw considering that they have avoided a few of the heavyweight contenders for their crown. St Patrick’s, last year’s beaten finalists, will begin their quest for a first Senior Championship against Wolfe Tones. Promoted Intermediate champions Whitecross drew the short straw as they take on Crossmaglen Rangers who will be all out to get their title back. Newly promoted Culloville will not be overawed by drawing Ballymacnab. Pearse Og take on a developing Clann Eireann side whose progress will be monitored with interest. Armagh Harps have been knocking on the door of late and will start with a tricky one against Annaghmore. Tir na nOg will have Granemore as opponents with youthful Dromintee pitted against Sarsfields.

Amazingly of the 8 fixtures drawn there is no real stand out opening clash that really whets the appetite.

Intermediate Championship

Tough draw for Tullysarran

Tullysarran the beaten finalists and last year’s surprise packets have been handed a tough opener as they take on Forkhill who were playing Senior Championship last year. Unlike the Senior Championship there are some very tasty opening round matches in the Intermediate Championship. The Lurgan derby between St Peter’s and Clan Na Gael, Killeavy facing up to St Paul’s. Middletown and Mullaghbawn with a score to settle, meeting for the fourth year in a row in the championship. Junior champions Clonmore have been given a tough task in Silverbridge. Shane O’Neill’s will renew acquaintances with Derrynoose as will Keady and Eire Og. The eighth and final tie is another corker as demoted Grange take on Carrickcruppen.

Junior Championship

Lucky for one thirteen

Instead of being lucky for some it will be a case of lucky for one of the 13 teams in this year’s Junior Championship. St Pat’s Seconds hoping to go one step further to the title this time around have been handed a toughie in Killeavy Seconds, with the winner taking on the winner of the Belleek versus Collegland first round match. Demoted An Port Mor will not relish Crossmaglen Seconds as opponents with the winner up against it the next round where they take on Lissummon. Struggling for a few years in the Championship both O’Hanlon’s and Clady will fancy their chances of advancing to a meeting with demoted Thomas Davis in the next round. Dorsey Emmets and Ballyhegan were given first round bye’s and will play each other in round two. St Michael’s also received a bye to round two and await the winner of the O’Hanlon v Clady game who then play Thomas Davis and that winner takes on the Newtown side in round two.