Armagh Championships swings into action

August 7, 2017

Not much time for the county players to bed-in with their clubs as the Senior and Intermediate championships swing into action along with the already commenced Junior Championship. With a South Armagh domination of the 5 League titles in 2017, the rest of the county will be out to redress this trend in the championship.

Donnelly Group Senior Football Championship

Fri, 11 Aug

Venue: Silverbridge, (1), Ballymacnab Round Towers V Culloville Blues 19:15, Ref: TBC

Ballymacnab finished a long way ahead of relegated Culloville in 1B and will be the leading fancy to win this one. Culloville have been dogged with injuries which hopefully might have eased ahead of Friday night’s game. The Nab have, as always plenty of potential and should have too much in hand for Culloville to overturn.

Sat, 12 Aug

Venue: Maghery, (1), Tir na nOg V Granemore St Mary’s 18:30, Ref: TBC

Nine league places separate these league teams and that difference can be rubber stamped in this encounter that should produce a Granemore victory.

Sat, 12 Aug

Venue: Pearse Ogs, (1), Armagh Harps V Annaghmore Pearses 19:00, Ref: TBC

Third placed finishes in their different league sections was good enough league form for both. Although Harps are not the force they were in previous years. They should take care of an Annaghmore side that need not be underestimated in what could be a high scoring encounter.

Sat, 12 Aug, Venue: Cullyhanna, (1), Whitecross V Crossmaglen Rangers 19:00, Ref: TBC

After drawing the short straw Whitecross will have it all to do against Cross in Cullyhanna. The former champions will be making a big push this year to revive former glories and Whitecross will become the first scalp in persuit of those glories.

Sun, 13 Aug, Venue: Armagh Harps, (1), Dromintee St Patrick’s V Sarsfields 13:00, Ref: TBC

This young Dromintee side will be boosted by their league win and promotion to the top flight. Sarsfields, as always, provide a tough championship test for anyone as they have the panache to produce goals when needed. Two years in the growing, people will be expecting something more positive from Dromintee from now on. A win over Ssarsfields will give Dromintee a very good lift in terms of their development.

Sun, 13 Aug, Venue: Armagh Harps, (1), Madden Raparees V Maghery Sean McDermotts 14:45, Ref: TBC

The defending champions Maghery will be expected to comfortably pass the opening test posed by Madden.

Sun, 13 Aug, Venue: Athletic Grounds, (1), Wolfe Tones V St Patrick’s Cullyhanna 17:15, Ref: TBC

They may be struggling with injuries but St. Pat’s should still have enough quality in their squad to see off a struggling Wolfe Tones.

Sun, 13 Aug, Venue: Athletic Grounds, (1), Pearse Og V Clann Eireann 19:00, Ref: TBC

A contrast in styles and in which direction they same to be heading leaves the second game at the Athletic Grounds an interesting proposition. The Armagh city side look to be struggling whilst their Lurgan opponents are expected to be a force in this championship. A young, eager Clanns can negotiate the first hurdle on their way to becoming serious title challengers.

Donnelly Group Intermediate Football Championship

Fri, 11 Aug,

Venue: Granemore, (Round: 1), Grange St Colmcille’s V Carrickcruppen St Patrick’s 19:15

Opening round clash of two teams with their eye on the prize if they can stay at full strength. Both showed poorly in the league but this will be different with a hesitant vote going to a Grange victory.

Fri, 11 Aug,

Venue: Clann Eireann, (Round: 1), St Peter’s V Clan na Gael 19:15

This big derby encounter will attract a bumper crowd on Friday night. Clans only managed 3 league wins and will more than welcome their talisman Campbell back. Peter’s look a better all round outfit and are taken to win.

Sat, 12 Aug,

Venue: Cullyhanna, (Round: 1), Shane O’Neill’s V Derrynoose St Mochua’s 17:15

Shanes were expected to come out of 2b in the league but failed to fill any of the two top places take on a Derrynoose side that only won 2 league games. Derrynoose, come championship, with the hurlers at their disposal are always a different proposition but even minus Greg McCabe Shanes should prove too strong for their opponents.

Sat, 12 Aug,

Venue: Pearse Ogs, (Round: 1), Clonmore Robert Emmet’s V Silverbridge Harps 17:15

Promoted Silverbridge start the championship as favourites to complete a league and championship double. The Bridge face a Clonmore side on the wane but always carry a championship pedigree. Silverbridge to prove too strong for their 2 B opponents.

Sun, 13 Aug,

Venue: Ballymacnab, (Round: 1), Forkhill Peadar O’Doirnin V Tullysaran O’Connells 14:00

The bottom two in the league face off at Ballymacnab with both fancying their chances for victory. The return to an injury ravaged Forkhill squad of Stephen Sheridan, Jamar Hall and Paddy Burns will be massive and definitely tips the balance of progression in their favour.

Sun, 13 Aug,

Venue: Ballymacnab, (Round: 1), Killeavy St Moninna’s V St Paul’s 15:45

A top contest in prospect between two teams who will be looking to progress a long way in the championship. St Paul’s will miss the services of Andrew Murnin big time if he fails to recover from injury. Killeavy are a lot of people’s fancy for the title and if this is to be true, an opening win over St Paul’s should not be beyond them.

Mon, 14 Aug,

Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 1), Keady Michael Dwyers V Eire Óg 18:45

Again one can ignore the Keady bottom league placing going into the championship. Boosted by a hurling influx their meeting with an ageing Eire Og will be a closely run contest with Keady shading the verdict when it comes to finding a winner.

Mon, 14 Aug,

Venue: Athletic Grounds, (Round: 1), Mullaghbawn V Middletown Owen Roes 20:30

Middletown have proven to be a bit of a bogey side in the championship for Mullaghbawn of late and will be looking to extend their wnning run. Mullaghbawn, to their credit, bounced straight back up to 2A following relegation. Boosted by players from their minor squad from last year Mullaghbawn carry a bit of punch up-front when it comes to scoring. A tough encounter expected with Mullaghbawn given the verdict to advance as winners in a tight contest.