Armagh GAA Round-Up

August 14, 2012 Armagh Senior Football Championship

Crossmaglen 2-12 Armagh Harps 2-7

Showing 6 changes from their All-Ireland starting 15 champions Cross mixed the good with the bad as they saw off a stern Harps challenge.

Two Kyle Brennan goals helped the Rangers into a 2-4 to 0-4 interval lead. Harps started the second half brightly with the opening two points but Cross hit three without reply to look comfortably in control. A quick Ultan Lennon free rested in the back of the Rangers net when a scuffled shot from Kevin Kelly raised another green flag the lead was down to the minimum 2-7 to 2-6.

When Johnny Hanratty got his second yellow the champions circled the wagons and produced their best spell to outscore the city side 5 points to 1 despite being numerically short.

Pleasing for the champions was the display of the newcomers Paul Hughes, Garvan Carragher, minors Mel Boyce and Callum Cumiskey.

The opening hurdle is always a sticky wicket and has been negotiated safety so it’s onwards and upwards for the stiffer challenges that lie ahead.

Dromintee 1-10 St. Patrick’s 1-10

The drama in this game all came in the closing minutes of a pulsating second half. The talking point of the opening half was a controversial goal from Miceal O’Rourke, square ball or not? As the referee, surrounded by players, fell over and hurt his ankle and was replaced by stand in Paudie Hughes. The goal stood and left Dromintee ahead 1-04 to 0-2.  Barry Shannon and Eugene Casey traded points before the break with Mal Mackin added a fourth point before to leave it 1-5 to 0-4 at the short whistle.

Barry Shannon free opened the scoring but Eugene Casey and Gary McCooey pointed Pat’s in front. Pauric Higgins and Miceal O’Rourke scored minors before the goal sparked the game to life.

Within five minutes of the restart Pat’s had a goal and 2 points to take the lead. All three scores came from Tony Donnelly. Kevin Dyas levelled at 1-6 apiece. The scores were now coming thick and fast. Mal Mackin’s lead front for Pat’s followed by another from Donnelly to lead 1-8 to 1-6 on 46 minutes.

A right angle did not stop Miceal O’Rourke from reducing to the minimum only for Casey to double the lead. A second Dyas point 1-8 to 1-9.

Using all his experience and craft Aidan O’Rourke steals forward to grab a great equalising point as time added on was entered. It looked like Dromintee’s night as young Chis Lynch slid over a point. In a last ditch attack, a foul on Aidan Nugent enabled Casey to level and live to fight another day.

Maghery 0-14 Whitecross 1-7

Maghery hit 5 wides in the opening 7 minutes as the sides remained level at a point each after 17 minutes. Shay Tennyson openedthe scoring on 12 minutes as Barry McKeown pointed Whitecross’s opening score. Maghery missed a couple of goal chances, with keeper Canning in fine form, for the eventual losers. Connor (2) and Stefan Forker points put a green flag between the sides which was whittled to the minimum with scores from Mark Shields and midfielder Anthony McCann. Stefan Forker with his second point left it a 2 point game 5-3 at the short whistle.

A brace of points from Barry McKeown had Whitecross level early in the second half but the Loughshore men replied to those scores with points from the Forkers, Aidan and Stefan. A telling point in the match occurred as McKeown’s shot hit the goalkeeper and in the follow up melee a penalty was awarded only for Johnny Montgomery to deny McKeown once again with a very good stop by the goalkeeper. There was some solace for the miss as P McGuinness fisted over the bar to leave the minimum between the teams.

Points from Tennyson and an Aidan Forker free stretched the lead to 0-9 to 0-6 with ten minutes remaining. Top scorer McKeown fisted the ball to the net after Neil McSherry’s initial shot had been blocked to level matters. However it was Maghery who kicked on from the goal as

points from Stefan Forker (2), James Lavery and Aidan Forker made it 0-13 to 1-6 with two minutes left in the game. McKeown pulled one back from Whitecross cancelled out by a sixth point for Stefan Forker which booked a place in the quarter finals for Maghery who know that they will have to find a higher operating level than shown in this win..

Maghery: S Tennyson (0-3), S Forker (0-6, 3f), C Forker (0-1), A Forker (0-3, 2f), J Lavery (0-1)

Whitecross: B McKeown (1-4, 2f), M Shields (0-1), A McCann (0-1), P McGuinness (0-1)

Carrickcruppen 3-12 St. Michael’s 1-6

A hit-trick of goals from Caolan McCulloagh put paid to St. Michael’s chances at a windswept Cullyhanna. Caolan grabbed the games opening goal as ’Cruppen added points from BillyJoe Padden (2), Declan Carville (2), David Kelly and Stephen Harold to level 1-6 to 1-2 at half-time.  Barry Murray scored the Newtown goal with Kevin Murray and Kevin Carragher.

Two Brian Cunningham points cut the lead to two points at the start of the second half but were immediately cancelled out by points from Padden and Paul Keenan. McCulloagh’s second goal ruled the game off as a contest. Barry Loughran, Carville and two points from McCulloagh before he finished off this hat-trick of goals eased ’Cruppen into the quarter finals.

Junior Quarter Final Preview

An Port Mor v Collegeland

The two games against Crossmaglen II’s will have done An Port Mor the power of good as they shape up to take on Collegeland.

The Blackwatertown boys only managed 8 points in the drawn match that came from 7 points down in the replay to beat the Rangers 2-15 to 1-14.

Collegeland were not extended when defeating Killean 0-11 to 1-00 in the last round. The drive is with An Port Mor to make the last four.

Tullysaran v Derrynoose

Derrynoose saw off Dromintee II’s with a lot more difficulty than expected, 2-14 to 2-5. Tullysaran had 2 point 1-7 to 8 to spare over St. Pat’s II’s in a tough opening match.

Title favourites Tullysaran to make it to the semis with a hard fought victory.

Forkhill v Killeavy

Giant killers Killeavy will relish this derby match with Forkhill following their heroics against Ballyhegan 1-10 to 1-9.

Forkhill are motoring very well and may reap benefit from the troubles at Newry City for this match.

A place in the last 4 for Forkhill in front of a bumper crowd in the verdict.

Dorsey Emmet’s v Annaghmore

The heavyweight clash of the round as Dorsey take on another Intermediate side in Annaghmore. Dorsey beat Clonmore to set up this clash with Annaghmore who disposed of Lissummon who lead the Junior League that Dorsey are in.

Annaghmore are many peoples fancy and I fancy them to reach the next round despite a valiant effort from a battling Dorsey outfit.