Armagh GAA Review
June 1, 2010
Wins for the top three in the division has allowed them open up a gap from the remaining nine teams in the division. A 3-16 to 0-9 win at Sarsfields made it seven out of seven for defending league champions Crossmaglen who lead the table by 2 points. Whitecross are joint second following their sixth win 0-12 to 0-6 at home to Mullaghbawn and are joined by Pearse Og who had 2 points to spare over struggling Killeavy. Culloville in good form in recent weeks picked up their fourth win by winning at St Pat’s 1-10 to 0-11.
There may be only a third of the league gone but there is already a clear pattern developing in the top division. The two relegation places will be fought out among 5 teams. Killeavy and Mullaghbawn who won reprieves last year are back in the mix with St Patrick’s, Sarsfields and Clan na Gael.
Ballymacnab were given a scare in Newtown before coming away with their eighth league win 1-11 to 2-7 to open up a 4 point gap at the top of the table from Granemore who just held off the challenge of Ballyhegan 1-14 to 0-15 to arrest their losing run. Armagh Harps slipped to their second defeat losing at Madden 0-14 to 1-5. The currently flying ’Nab have stolen a march on their promotion rivals with their terrific unbeaten start and will be hard to peg back leaving the runner -up spot and promotion the aim of the chasing pack. Silverbridge beat Clann Eireann by 2 points to move up to fourth in the table, a far cry from their plight last year where relegation was the issue. Already there are 4 teams in this division at least four points adrift of mid-table safety. No wins from 7 for St Peter’s has them in real bother at the foot of the table. Keady who came up with the Peter’s and just beat them by double’s scores 0-16 to 0-8 are joined on the four point mark by Ballyhegan and Clann Eireann. It’s perm any two from those four for third division football next year.
There were a few firsts in division three this week not least the first defeat for leaders Shane O Neill’s. The Shanes were beaten at Middletown 1-9 to 0-9 a first reversal in eight outings. The Middletown win in what is the tightest of the four divisions allowed two other teams Collegeland and Tullysarran join Middletown on 13 points one behind Shanes. The gap to the third place team is 5 points so needless to say a safe bet to assume the title and promotion is already a four horse race.
Belleek picked up their first win on the field of play by beating Eire Og to join An Port Mor on the four point mark chasing St Paul’s, Forkhill and Eire Og who are all two points ahead of them. Bottom of the shop are Clonmore with one draw from 8 outings to show thus far.
Crossmaglen Seconds look in complete control of division four. 8 wins from 8 starts untroubled in none of the matches they are 4 points clear of Grange who have a game in hand. The top two meet in Grange on Friday night where a visitors victory could see them out of sight and away with the title even at this very early stage of the campaign. Dorsey Emmetts and Derrynoose are in contention for promotion at the top end of the table. Killeavy seconds in their first season are hanging on in there on the coatails of the leading quartet.