Final Fever

September 25, 2012

With no counter distractions the Armagh Club Championship scene has progressed very well this year with all four championship grades down to the finals bang on schedule. There are some very mouth-watering encounters in prospect as club followers from all parts of the county get geared up to cheer on their local heroes in the quest for Championship honours.

Triple champions Crossmaglen Rangers may have limped their way to the final but they are where they want to be playing Championship football in October with the prospect of retaining their Armagh, Ulster and All-Ireland title still intact. They will face Armagh city side Pearse Og in the final the showdown that everyone has been waiting for since Cross lost their unbeaten Armagh Championship run to the Og’s back in 2009.

The understrength injury ridden Rangers have struggled to reach the final whereas a full strength city side have encountered little difficulty on their way to the decider. Many believe that Pearse Og can dethrone the champions but belief is one thing, doing it is another as they have found out to their cost in the past. Roll on Oct 14.

The curtain raiser to the Senior final sees Killeavy take on Grange in another encounter that is expected to be a classic between two bright young emerging footballing talents. Killeavy are the favourites but their recent record at this age group suggests that Grange is going to be no soft touch.

The Junior final has the higher League side Tullysarran strong favourites to beat An Port Mor. To get to the final the underdogs have already caused a few upsets which will see them not lacking in confidence. The Junior is one Championship that does not always adhere to the form book.

In their first final for 24 years Killeavy will be favourites to beat St Peter’s who won through after their replay win over Wolfe Tones in the semi-final. Killeavy will be hoping to trigger off a treble for the club (Intermediate, minor and U-16) by accounting for the Lily Whites. Peter’s are young and brash and showed particularly against Silverbridge just what they are capable of and will be no soft touches.

A feast of footballing finals, for fans to look forward to, over the next three weeks. The fare to date in a lot of the championship has been poor but the final prospects could put everything that has gone before in the shade.