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Teggart goal nets Silver lining

October 16, 2017 

Intermediate Championship Final Killeavy 1-13 Silverbridge 0-11

Behind only to the games opening score, Killeavy who led 8-3 at the short whistle, produced the match winning score, a 50th minute Raymie Teggart goal which killed off the Silverbridge fightback (10-8 at the time of the goal) as they went on to collect the Atty Hearty Cup 1-13 to 0-11. Read more

Armagh Harps end drought

October 16, 2017 

SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ARMAGH HARPS 2-8 MAGHERY 0-10

There were jubilant scenes at the Athletic Grounds as Armagh Harps celebrated their first Senior title since 1991 following a pulsating hard hitting but very fair contest against defending champions Maghery. Read more

Paul Hearty retires after 23 years

October 9, 2017 

Crossmaglen Rangers goalkeeper Paul Hearty has announced his retirement after 23 years of service to his club (1995-2017) which saw him accumulate six All-Ireland club victories in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2011 and 2012 to go with his 11 Ulster club wins, capped off by a remarkable haul of 19 county titles. Read more

Donnelly Group Football Championship

October 9, 2017 

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Derby final adds extra pressure

As if playing in a championship final does not bring its own pressure the fact that two neighboring south Armagh teams, Silverbridge Harps and Killeavy adds that extra pressure to the occasion. Read more

6 in a row for Kilcoo

October 2, 2017 

DOWN SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL KILCOO 0-13 BURREN 0-11

Kilcoo won their sixth Down Senior title in a row, the hard way, as they recoverd from being 3-0 and 5-2 behind in the opening 15 minutes, against a Burren side whose lively start faded out as the Magpies came to grips with their very defensive formation, despite being wind advantaged for the opening half. Read more

Donnelly Group Football Championship

October 2, 2017 

Intermediate Football Championship

45 Year gap Bridged

Silverbridge Harps 1-12 Forkhill Peadar O Doirnin 0-06

Silverbridge Harps booked a first final place since they won their only Intermediate title way back in 1972 following a comfortable 1-12 to 0-6 win over neighbours Forkhill. In a disappointing encounter at Crossmaglen wind assisted favourites Silverbridge fell behind to the game’s opening point from Jemar Hall but that was as good as it got for Forkhill as a tenth minute converted penalty from Damian McCann helped the Harps lead 1-5 to 0-3 at the short whistle. Three Pauric Keating points and a brace from Ronan Reel replied to by 3 from the boot of Jemar, the only real significant threat to the Silverbridge defence.

The opening score of the second half also came from Jemar but was immediately replied to by Jarly Og Burns. The outstretched foot of goalkeeper Gerard McGarvey denied Jemar and Forkhill a much needed 3 pointer to really ignite their challenge which faded after that as the winners outscored them 6-2. Joe Rock stretched the lead to 6 points but a couple of converted frees from Owen Donaghy kept Forkhill within distance entering the last 10 minutes. As the losers lost their discipline and two players Peter Carragher twice, Eugene Byrne, Ronan Reel and Jamie Murphy all raised white flags to leave it 1-12 to 0-6 at the final whistle.

The Intermediate fianl will be an all-south Armagh affair as Killeavy edged out St.Paul’s by the minimum 0-11 to 1-7. The fact that the final is between the league winners Silverbridge and runner-up Killeavy means that both will be enjoying Senior football next year regardless of the final result. Killeavy beat St Peter’s 0-13 to 0-8 in the 2012 Intermediate final.

Junior Championship

Goals kill Pat’s challenge

Ballyhegan Davitts 3-10 St Patrick’s Cullyhanna 1-11

An opening half goal fest proved the undoing of St Pat’s as it left them with a 9 point 3-7 to 1-4 second half deficit which try as they might they could not claw back. Ballyhegan raced 4 points ahead through James Lee, Paddy Marley, Colin & James McKeever but Kyle Reid, Ciaran and Brendan Nugent cut the deficit to the minimum before Paul Nixon netted the first 3 pointer which was quickly negated by a like score from Paudi Conlon. But Ballyhegan hit a telling purple patch as a second Nixon goal was addded to by 1-2 from Colin McKeever and a second Lee point. Reid replied with a minor for a shell shocked Cullyhanna side.

Barry McKeever with a brace of points launched the comeback but were cancelled by points for Marley (his second) and a Colin McKeever free. With nothing to lose Pat’s threw caution to the wind hitting 4 points in a row with Nugent, Conlon and Reid 0-2 on the scoresheet but could not make the much needed goal breakthrough. McKeever with his fourth pointed free of the game responded with ony his team’s third and final score of the half leaving Niall Watters eleventh point for the losers the final score of the match.

Senior Football Championship

Maghery show their worth

Maghery Sean McDermotts 2-13 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-16

For the first time since annexing their first Armagh Senior title last year defending champions Maghery produced a performance worthy of their status as defending champions by beating Crossmaglen Rangers in a thrilling encounter 2-13 to 0-16 at the Athletic Grounds.

Champions Maghery, who had already defeated Cross earlier in the month, were trailing 3-1 but a Ronan Lappin goal followed by a second from the impressive centre back Stephen Cusack (1-4) completely changed the complexion of the game and Maghery confidence as Cross had to chase the game. Maghery grew in confidence and the goals helped them to a 2-7 to 0-9 interval lead. In a tit for tat second half which produced 13 points Rangers twice came within a point of their opponents but could not find a leveller as the Loughshore men answered the danger with points of their own. With Crealey, Lavery and Cusack putting in strong performances Maghery defensively never allowed any clearcut goal chances and tactically knew what was needed to get them over the line as they take a giant step towards back to back titles.

Whilst the end of match scenes will grab all the headlines for all the wrong reasons it should not be allowed take away from the best game of the year with a terrific display of point taking from both teams.

Maghery will take on Armagh Harps who will be appearing in their third final in four years following their 1-13 to 0-11 win over their near neighbours Ballymacnab. Strong showings from Declan McKenna and Conor White helped Harps, despite being numerically deprived for most of the second half, hold off a ‘Nab side that despite the heroics of the Grugan brothers sorely missed the influence of the injured Gavin McParland.

GAA award for young Killeavy referee

September 25, 2017 

A young GAA volunteer from Killeavy GFC has been awarded the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month Award for August 2017. Read more

Donnelly Group Football Championship

September 25, 2017 

Donnelly Group Junior Football Championship

Quarter-Final Replay

Belleek’s Laurence O Toole’s 1-11 St Patrick’s, Cullyhanna 1-14

St. Pat’s showed their championship pedigree at this level by ousting favourites Belleek at the second attempt. Read more

Issue 1276 – Belleek Tractor Run in memory of Patrick (Paddy Joe) Quinn at Belleek on Saturday

September 25, 2017 

Magnificent Cross finish the job

September 18, 2017 

CROSSMAGLEN RANGERS 2-10 SARSFIELDS 2-7

Richard Bullick at Clonmore

Star skipper Lauren McConville lifted the trophy and Player of the Match award but rightly hailed a great team effort as Crossmaglen ended an 11-year wait for Championship silverware on Saturday. Read more

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