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Armagh Intermediate Championship

With respective Group table toppers Clan Na Gael, Wolfe Tones, St Paul’s and Mullaghbawn all safely through to the quarter-finals of the Intermediate championship, their focus this weekend will be on who will be the 4 teams who will occupy the second pot for the last 8 draw, as the playoff matches are all played out.

There will be 2 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday


Keady v Shane Ó Neills @Ballymacnab 7-45 pm

Having started with a good win away at Éire Óg Shanes then lost at home to Grange and then away to Clan Na Gael. Last year’s Junior champions Keady lost by a point away to eventual table toppers Wolfe Tones but followed up with wins over Carrickcruppen and Whitecross. Saturday evening is last chance for both teams and a cracking contest looks likely with Shanes given the nod to advance.

An Port Mór v Crossmaglen Rangers 11 @ Granemore 6pm

A last match group win over Middletown set Cross up with an An Port Mor side who reached this stage courtesy of their only win against Ballyhegan. Cross have a few more additions to their squad and will cause their opponents plenty of problems but An Port Mor should have enough in hand now that it is straight knock-out.


Whitecross v Grange @Madden 6pm

A very disappointing group stage for Whitecross who only picked up a single point following a draw with Carrickcruppen and their place in the competition secured on scoring difference. Grange lost their opener with Clan Na Gael but won their next two to qualify with ease. The meeting of two teams who have been touted as likely contenders should bring out the best from both. Can the experienced and street wise Whitecross derail Grange. I suspect not with the better scoring potential from Grange getting them over the line.

Tír na nOg v Tullysaran @ An Port Mor 6pm

Wins over Crossmaglen Rangers and Middletown and a loss to Group winners Mullaghbawn set up this meeting with Tir na nOg for Tullysaran.The Portadown side had wins over Ballyhegan and An Port Mor before losing to St Pauls 7-16 to 3-14 when already qualified. The form book points to a win for Tir Na Nog.