Lucozade Sport Armagh Senior Football Championship Preview
September 14, 2010
ST. PATRICK’S v MAGHERY
Having avoided the big guns in the draw both of these Division One sides will fancy their chances of a place in the last four. There is little doubt that St Patrick’s dismissal of Clan Na Gael 1-16 to 0-9 for a first ever senior championship win over their opponents was far more impressive than Maghery’s hard earned 0-12 to 0-10 win over Clann Eireann in a match which saw two players from each side dismissed.On league form there is nothing to seperate the two as both league matches finished in draws, 12 all in Maghery and 1-9 to 0-12 in Cullyhanna. Dramatically since Ciaran McKeever and Malachy Mackin have been full time on board and Liam O’Hare has been back to his best, the mixture of youth and experience in the St Pat’s outfit has them playing some good football at present but their inactivity over the last few weeks could leave them a little ring rusty. A full strength Maghery warmed up with a 1-11 to 1-10 win over Dromintee at the weekend.
This tussle with Maghery might be another tester physically with the more disciplined side acquiring what could be a decisive telling edge. A fully focused Pat’s on the job in hand should see them carry too much to see off Maghery to secure a place in the semis and a derby clash with near neighbours Crossmaglen Rangers
Lucozade Sport JFCH REVIEW
The semi-finals of the Junior championship went by the form book as the favourites Grange and Tullysarran both booked their places in the Oct 10 final with a little bit to spare over Corrinshego and Belleek respectively. The saying that goals win games proved true in the two matches as both of the losers failed to hit the onion bag while the winners raised the green flag five times between them.
A Kevin Corrigan goal was all that was between Tullysarran and Belleek at the short whistle but try as they might Belleek could only come to within 2 points of the opposition in the second half. Tullysarran heeded the warning of a disallowed Belleek goal to stretch their lead to 5 points but Belleek’s top scorer Martin Brown (0-6) kept his team in touch until a Ciaran Mullen goal late on sealed a place in the final for Tullysarran.
First half goals from Ryan Kernan and Owen Rafferty helped Grange to a very commanding interval lead of 2-5 to 0-2 over Corrinshego. The underdogs came more into the game in the second half eating away at the deficit but a third goal scored by Connie Nugent put paid to the comeback by Corrinshego as Fourth Division Grange progressed to the final where they will take on a Tullysarran side who are heading to the Second Division. Indeed Grange hope themselves to climb a division by winning their last three league matches