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Armagh GAA Cormac Leonard Commercials Championship

October 8, 2018

 ● Intermediate Championship

Mullaghbawn topple Tones

Mullaghbawn 0-18 Wolfe Tones 0-10

Mullaghbawn comfortable saw off the semi-final challenge to book their place in the Intermediate final since they last won the title in 1992. 

A dominant opening half playing a brand of opening attacking football saw Mullaghbawn 8-3 after 20 minutes but a late Tones rally left them only a rather flattering 9-5 in arrears at the short whistle. 

Rory McCann gave Mullaghbawn a lead that they would never relinquish and was doubled by an Eddie English point before Finnian  Moriarty halved the deficit. Another brace of points from Eddie English had Mullaghbawn 4-1 ahead after seven minutes. Paudie Judge kept Toners in touch with a welcome point followed by English and Judge exchanging points. 

A trio of Mullaghbawn points, as a fifth from English was added to by a first from both Eoghan McDonnell and Shea Loye. McQullian got Toners fourth point just before they lost their goalkeeper to a black card with English punishing that discrepancy by pointing the free, 9-4 after 28 minutes. A third Judge point left just four between them and only for a great save from the replacement keeper to deny McDonnell a goal kept the half time score 9-5. 

Toners turned tables on the resumption as a point from Niall Geoghan was cancelled by another super second from Loye. Ryan McQuillian put a goal between them with his second score as Luke Owens replaced Ruari McCann on the Mullaghbawn team. McDonnell and Judge traded pointed frees 11-8 on the 39th minute. 

A fisted McQuilian point was added to by Geoghan and suddenly the deficit was down to the minimum. Tones comes looking the leveller but a terrific tangle by Owens stopped them in their tracks. Indeed it bought a end to the Toners scoring in the second half. 

Mullaghbawn added three points in a two minute spell, as McDonnell had a free and straight from the kick out, Loye received the white flag before impressive  midfielder Cormac Smyth got a scoresheet with a well taken point. 

The Ballymacash boys hopes were further dashedas they lost a man to straight red card and it was not going to be their night once the winners goalkeeper Brendan Murphy pulled off a terrific saved to deny Judge a certain goal. 

Kieran Grant got on the scoreboard as Mullaghbawn stalled to victory as Shea Loye (2) and Eddie English completed the scoring for a 0-18 to 0-10 win. 

Mullaghbawn will face league Champions St. Peter’s in the final.

Missed opportunity for Shanes

St Peter’s 0-11 Shane O’Neill’s 1-7

Four unanswered points in the last ten minutes enabled St. Peter’s to overcome Shane O’Neill’s 0-11 to 107 at the Athletic Grounds. 

The wind assisted Camlough a  outfit were left to rue a host of miss scoring opportunites in the first half and held a slender 4-3 lead at the whistle. 

Connane Mackin got Shanes off the mark with Niall McConville from a free levelling matters before Ruairi McDonnell from play put the favourites in front. Shanes restored partity with a Mark Feehan point on 17 minutes and some 8 minutes later David McCabe gave them back the lead. Paul O’Rourke doubled the lead two minutes before the break but Shea Geraghty finished the half scoring to leave 4-3 at half time. 

Wind assisted Peter’s would have been well pleased coming out in the second half but it was Shanes who got off to the better start. Connane Mackin made it 5-3 and then Mark McCabe fired home the only goal of the game 1-5 to 0-3 on 38 minutes and two minutes later a third Mackin point stretched their lead to 6 points. 

Fearghal Moore, Niall Creaney, Niall McConville got the Peter’s back on track with three points in a row. Padraig Hillen took Shanes to 1-7 with 14 minutes left on the clock, but alas for the Camlough boys this proved to be their last score of the game. 

Darren Moore put a green flag in-between them with 7 minutes remaining. Five minutes later a Niall McConville free cut the deficit to two. Just as 6 minutes added time flashed up, Niall Creaney pointed to leave just a point in it. Darren Moore from play levelled things 0-10 to 1-7 as the clock ticked down and Shanes hoping to weather the storm and force extra time. 

It was not to be as Darren Moore was the toast of Lurgan as he fired over the last point, Shanes had a very late chance of the equaliser as a Peter’s defender dropped the ball but the ref blew for a free out and the long whistle sounded a second later. An all south Armagh final looked on the cards for a long time but those first half missed scoring chances, the letting slip of a six point second half lead and a costly black card at a crucial stage of the match deny a gallant Shanes the opportunity as the Intermediate B League Champion certainly made the Intermediate A League champion sweat. 

Senior Championship 

Ballymacnab book their place

Ballymacnab 1-9 Maghery 0-9

Ballymacnab booked their place in the County final with a battling 1-9 to 0-9 win over Maghery. The Loughshore men raced into a 2 point lead courtesy of Stefan Cusack and Brian Mcllamurray but 2 Rory Grugan frees had the sides level after 13 minutes. 

Aidan Forker restored  the Maghery lead but Gavin McParland converted a 45 after seeing goalkeeper Johnny Montgormey deny him a goal at the expense of that 45’ which made it 3-3. 

After a shaky start, a settled ‘Nab took the lead through a an Oisin McGivern point followed by a second from McParland. Maghery finished the half strong as points from Eoin McConville and Aidan Forker saw the teams retire at the break level at 5 points a piece. 

Maghery as in the first half were first to score through Aidan Forker but a super score from Ryan Kennedy restored parity for the forth time. Aidan Forker regained the lead for Maghery and when he added another point the match favourites were 8-6 ahead on 38 minutes. 

Brian McCone from a free broke a fourteen minute barred scoring spell for the ‘Nab and was followed by the score of the game a terrific equaliser from Gavin McParland. 

As the saying goes the next score would be vital and so it proved. A tentative McParland point attempt with eight minutes left on the match dropped short with Pauric Gribben quickest to react and punched the ball in the net for the matches most important score. It was the first time that either team lead by 3 points. 

Rory Grugan stretched the lead to 4 points with five minutes remaining. Maghery drove forward in droves launching a series of high balls in on the ‘Nab square seeking the levelling goal and Stefan Forker had left only a goal between the teams. 

League Champions Ballymacnab defended supberly and repelled everything that was thrown at them and celebrated accordingly at the final whistle as they deservingly booked their final birth. 

Crossmaglen Ranger will be their same final opponents that the ‘Nab face in the last senior final appearance in 2011. On form this 2018 will be much better contest. 

Crossmaglen exact a measure of revenge

Crossmaglen Rangers 0-19 St. Pat’s Cullyhanna 1-11

Crossmaglen Rangers renaissance as a force in Armagh continues togather momentum as they qualified for their first county final appearance in three years. Rangers comfortably saw off the challenge of parish neighbours St Patrick’s, Cullyhanna 0-19 to 1-11 to exact measure of revengue for the semi-final defeat two years ago by the same opposition. 

Rian O’Neill opened the scoring in the first minute but 4 minutes later Aidan Nugent had Pat’s level with a point from play. Kyle Carragher and Kieran Hoey both from play swapped points. Cross had three points on the trot with Johnny McKeever, Oisin O’Neill and Rian O’Neill from free but the nosiy neighbours where not just there to make up the numbers as following a well worked move on eleven minutes was finished to the net by Aidan Nugent and it was back an level terms 1-2 to 0-5. 

Cross replied to the goal with points from Mickey McNamee and Rian O’Neill with Jason Duffy replying for St. Pat’s mid way through the first half. Alas this was to be Pat’s last score of the half as wind assisted Rangers tagged on six points to lead 0-13 to 1-3 at half time.

The sextet on points to end the half in style by Cross came from Rian O’Neill, Stephen Morris, Aaron Kernan, Johnny Hanratty and two in a row from Mickey McNamee. 

Pat’s with the aid of the breeze needed a quick start and got it through a Jason Duffy point but 2 minutes later was cancelled by a Rian O’Neill free. A Pearce Casey point preceeded a black card for a hand trip for Ciaran McKeever quickly followed by a similar fortune for Rangers Johnny McKeever. 

A great Barry McConville point from play was cancelled out by one from Rian O’Neill free immediately followed by Aidan Nugent pointed free 0-15 to 1-7 on 46 minutes. Against the wind Rian O’Neill lofted over a 45’ only for Mal Mackin to keep the deficit at 5 points. 

Paul Hughes stretched the lead to 6 with a reply coming from Jason Duffy as Rangers substituted Johnny McKenna got a yellow and black card which equated to a red. Reading defender Paul Hughes scored over his second point and Kyle Carragher on 54 minute left the score 0-19 to 1-9. Pats needed a goal to kept their hopes alive but Corss was not coughing up one and points from Eugene Casey and Ross McQuillian was their only reward as Cross advanced to the final 0-19 to 1-11. 

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