Armagh Football Championship Reviews
● Donnelly Group Junior Football Championship Round 2
Belleek 1-09 Lissummon 1-11
A first half Tommy Rickard goal helped Lissummom to a 5 point interval lead 1-7 to 0-5 over a Belleek side that were behind from an opening 2 point salvo from Killian McGinn and Stephen O’Brien inside the first minute. Top scorer Dara Noonan (0-4) was able to trade second half points with a Belleek team that craved a goal, that arrived in the last minute but too late as Lissummon saw out the added time to progress to the next round
Silverbridge 2-15 Middletown 1-10
A 2-12 return from their starting sextet of forwards set Silverbridge on their way to a comfortable opening championship victory over Middletown on a final scoreline of 2-15 to 1-10. Indeed had the winners not wasted a few good goalscoring chances in the opening 10 minutes their 1-8 to 0-6 interval lead could have been far more substantial. Once Jarly Og Burns added a second half goal to Paddy Reel’s opening half three pointer the game was beyond redemption for Middletown.
● Round one Qualifiers
Culloville 1-18 Thomas Davis 0-07
This game turned in the last 10 minutes of the first half as Culloville added 1-4 to their tally with the sides level at 3-3. Niall Rowland picked off 1-3 to put gallant Corrinshego on the back foot for the second half. Culloville, the league champions got their championship hopes back on track with a 14 point winning margin at the final whistle.
Shane O’Neill’s 2-11 St Peter’s 1-11
The returning Connaire Mackin (1-2) goaled at the start of the second half to help Shanes consolidate their 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead against a Peter’s side reduced to 14 men following a straight red for county man Aaron Findon, with the teams at level pegging 3 each.
Shanes, though made hard work in disposing of their opponents who, despite being numerically disadvantaged, clawed back a 4 point deficit inside the last 10 minutes to draw level. At that stage Peter’s looked the more likely but Shanes broke upfield and Michael McParland was on hand to fist a high delivery to the net to keep Shanes championship aspirations back on track.