Armagh GAA Round-Up

May 29, 2012

Senior League

Heat is on

With only a third of league fixtures remaining before the division splits into the top and bottom 8 the heat is on to see who will make the top grade. As it stands there are currently 5 teams on the 10 point mark with 5 more teams above that mark and a half dozen teams below that mark, leaving it that three of the 5 will go up and two of them down to the relegation dogfight. Wolfe Tones with no wins, their latest loss a double scores home defeat 0-22 to 0-11 to second placed St Patrick’s means that 5 wins on the trot cannot save them from being in the bottom half of the table. Maghery lost the tag of the only team not to have tasted defeat as they were beaten by Granemore 0-13 to 1-5 with the winners homing in on a top eight spot. Five wins in a row for Dromintee, the latest an impressive 0-18 to 0-8 win at Ballymacnab has certainly balanced their books as a couple of more wins from their remaining five games should see them safely into the top half following a very shaky start to the league. Crossmaglen Rangers, with goals from Jamie Clarke (pen) Kyle Brennan and Mickey McNamee eased to a 3-18 to 3-2 win over Carrickcruppen who have fallen 3 points below the cut off mark of 10, as Cross go top of the table following Maghery’s defeat. City side Pearse Og have some work to do as they drew with Culloville 0-12 to 1-9. Og’s have a game in hand (v Maghery) as they languish on 8 points, one less than Culloville. Three losses in a row for Killeavy, beaten 1-14 to 1-12 at Harps leaves them 2 points behind their conquerors who have accumulated 12 points. Sarsfields 2-12 to 0-9 winners at Clann Eireann are jostling for a top spot but Clann Eireann, Carrickcruppen, Clan Na Gael will need to start putting more points on the board in order to avoid an imminent relegation battle for the second half of the league.

Intermediate League

Still a lot to play for

There are 8 teams on or above the 10 point mark in the Intermediate so with 6 teams below that cut off point, by 3 points or less, there is a lot to play for over the next few weeks. Tullysaran losers 2-13 to 1-7 at home to Eire Og and St Michaels beaten 0-13 to 0-11 by Shane O Neill’s are the odd couple out as they both have only 2 points each to show for their efforts so far, and will probably have resigned themselves to their fate already. Madden had a point to spare over Annaghmore 0-13 to 1-9 which keeps them joint top of the table with Middletown who also turned over Annaghmore by the minimum margin 2-9 to 1-11.  St Peter’s lost the chance to join the two at the top when they were held to a 1-9 apiece draw by neighbours St Paul’s but that point gained keeps them one off the top along with Silverbridge 2-9 to 1-10 winners of the derby game at Mullaghbawn where a scrambled Kenny Campbell goal was the winning repost to an earlier converted penalty from Kieran Grant for the hosts. Mullaghbawn drop into the bottom half following this loss. St Paul’s, Mullaghbawn and Shane O Neill’s are on 9 points in the table and will be keen to overtake the likes of Keady who drew with Clonmore at 1-9 apiece and Grange 4-9 to 2-8 winners at home to Collegeland who are a point shy of the aforementioned trio at present.

Junior League

Two goals from Aidan Mackin enabled Dorsey Emmet’s win 2-12 to 0-9 at Killean to close within a point of league leaders Lissummon who had a goal to spare at St Patrick’s 1-8 to 0-8. A first defeat earlier in the week for Dorsey, at home to Belleek, with a Sean McCreesh goal doing all the damage in a 1-12 to 2-8 win as  goals from Aidan and Rory Mackin were in vain as the visitors dented the home chances of going top.

Goals from Rory Trainor, Joseph Grant and Adrian Doran in the first 10 minutes blew Phelim Brady’s away as Killeavy Seconds, with another Doran goal recorded their first win of the campaign 4-11 to 0-9. Two goals from Ryan Conlon and one from Darren Hughes and Cormac Clarke helped Crossmaglen Seconds to a 3-12 to 1-4 win over Carrickcruppen. There was congratulations all round as Phelim Brady’s picked up their first win 1-14 to 3-6 against fellow strugglers Dromintee Seconds who remain pointless. An Port Mor had to pull out all the stops at Killean 1-16 to 2-10 before taking home the points which keeps them a point behind the league leaders.