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Armagh GAA Round-Up

August 21, 2012

Senior Football Championship

St. Patrick’s 2-11 Dromintee 1-10

A 20 second goal from Eugene Casey was the tonic start that St Pat’s needed but on the stroke of half time Cathal McKennafound the net for Dromintee and just as in the drawn encounter there was nothing to separate the sides at the short whistle 1-6 each. In a nip and tuck second half it was Casey who popped up with the all important match winning score his second goal to put his team 4 points to the good and set up a quarter final meeting with Culloville.

Junior Football Championship

An Port Mor 0-14 Collegeland 1-9

At a packed Grange An Port Mor made hard work of disposing of a very dogged Collegeland who kept their hopes of an upset going right to the final whistle. A goal from veteran Brian McGeary rallied Collegeland but it was the accuracy of Shane Nugent that pointed the Blackwatertown boys into the last 4.

Annaghmore 2-13 Dorsey Emmet’s 2-7

Annaghmore converted a tenth minute penalty to gain early control but that three pointer was cancelled out by a goal from Eugene O’Callaghan. Annaghmore responded to go in front but a second O’Callaghan goal on the stroke of half time left it a one point game at the short whistle. Aided by the breeze Dorsey levelled soon after the start but a controversial scrambled goal for Annaghmore set them on the road to victory and a place in the semi-final

Forkhill 3-11 Killeavy II 1-10

This local derby quarter final match was over as a contest by the short whistle as Forkhill led 2-8 to 0-4. Goals from Jemar Hall and Michael Keenan gave Forkhill that solid grip on proceedings as 3 Adrian Doran frees and a point from substitute Cathal O’Hare was all an out of sorts Killeavy managed in the opening half. Credit Killeavy though with a second half fightback akin to the one that shocked Balklyhegan but the mountain was too high to climb this time round especially when  full forward Ciaran Smith notched his second goal of the game to secure a last four spot for Forkhill, despite a late Killeavy goal from Barry Magee.

Intermediate Football Championship

Killeavy v St. Paul’s

St Paul’s from the Intermediate league are having their first championship outing while Senior league opponents Killeavy have had a one point win 0-13 to 1-9 over Middletown to set up this quarter final clash. Having struggled for the second year in a row to get past Middletown, Killeavy will not be taking anything for granted against their Lurgan opponents who have the capability to cause an upset. Title favourites Killeavy will be seeking a better start to the game than in the last round and a better second half return which yielded only 4 points on the scoreboard. McDonnell, Teggart and O’Hanlon to be sharper this time round which will be good enough to see off their challengers, to secure a semi-final berth.

Wolfe Tones v Grange

One win to date under their belt in the top division Wolfe Tones will welcome the distraction of the championship having received a bye in the first round. Opponents Grange looked dead and buried in their replay game with Keady, down a couple of points and down to 12 players following 3 sending off’s but they hauled themselves back level, to force extra time. A Ryan Kieran goal early in extra-time sent Grange on their way with top scorer Brendan Rafferty adding the second green flag in a 2-15 to 0-17 win. The momentum and confidence from that win should be enough to steer them past a Tone’s outfit who are struggling at present.

Madden v Mullaghbawn

Two sides that have made the top 8 in the Intermediate league go head to head for a last four spot. Mullaghbawn have yet to see championship action while opponents Madden recorded a very good 1-13 to 0-8 win over last year’s beaten finalists Tir na nOg after trailing by 3 points early on. Mullaghbawn, who struggle for scores, will need a fit Eugene McVerry to assist Kieran Grant, Eamon Quinn, Paul Kelly and Eddie English in the scoring stakes which has been a problem spot for a number of years. Madden dominated midfield in their championship win with Ryan Grimley to the fore but a broken jaw against St Peter’s at the weekend sees him ruled out of action. Collie Mallon, Stephen O’Reilly and Niall & Gavin Grimley have been very prominent as has Fermanagh goalkeeper Ronan Gallagher, an All-Ireland medallist with St Gall’s. Defender Enda Mallon will be missing, because of injury, for Madden. There was only a point in their league meeting 1-7 to 1-6 in favour of Mullaghbawn. This will be another tight affair that may take another day to decide who goes through but Madden to shade it on current form.

St. Peter’s v Silverbridge

It was Peter’s who caused the opening round upset by knocking out Shane O’Neill’s by the minimum 0-12 to 0-11. The Lurgan side showed great grit and determination to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with their never say die attitude getting them over the line at the death. Silverbridge recovered from an early 4 point deficit to put out Eire Og with a degree of comfort, 0-15 to 1-4 in the last round. Worryingly though for the Bridge was that the bulk of the scoring was done by Eugene Burns and the loss of Liam Campbell will further blunt their attacking options. The league meeting between these two was a whopping 5-12 to 1-10 win at Silverbridge for the Peter’s.

Niall Creaney turned the Shane’s game for Peter’s when introduced and with David Wilson and matchwinner Niall McConville to the fore confidence will be high going into this quarter final tie but it might be dented by their abandoned weekend game against Madden,  following some very unruly scenes.While the winning margin will not be as high, the outcome will be the same with Peter’s avenging last year to reach the last four.

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