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Armagh Junior Championship

Semi-final places to be won

There are 4 semi-final berths to be won over the weekend in the Junior Football Championship with 4 very tight competetive and entertaining games expected.


Dorsey Emmetts v St Patricks @Silverbridge 8pm

The” house full” sign will be posted early on Friday night as a bumper crowd is expected to descend on the Fords Cross venue as local rivals Dorsey Emmetts and St Patricks go head to head for a place in the last 4. St Pats caused a surprise as they beat Clady for their second win having earlier accounted for their other neighbours St Michaels to reach the playoff. Dorsey were one of a 3 team Group 3 with Forkhill and Collegeland with all 3 eventually making into the quarter finals.

Dorsey to edge a keen contest


Derrynoose v Belleek @ Keady 2pm

The opening game of a double header at the Keady venue pits high flying Derrynoose up against a lively Belleek side that are keen for championship glory. Three Group wins for Derrynoose gives Derrynoose the favourites tag in this tie. Renowned championship battlers Belleek will have to be at their best to get past this tough assignment. I feel that there is more potency in the Derrynoose attack which will be the difference at the final whistle

Collegeland v Killeavy @ Keady 4pm

Both Collegeland and Killeavy will fancy their chances in this evenly matched contest at reaching the semi-finals. For me the vote goes to a Collegeland side that comes to life in the knock-out stages of the championship

Clonmore v Forkhill @ Pearse Og Park 4pm

Undoubtedly the pick of the quarter final matches as championship favourites Clonmore take on the very unpredictable yet very formidable Forkhill. We all know what Clonmore bring to the table as League champions and with the evergreen Brendan Donaghy still donning the Green &Gold with distinction their pedigree is well and truly distinguished. With 3 Senior County players Forkhill cannot be discounted. A lack of numbers and a long lengthy injury list over these last few years has contributed hugely to Forkhills return to the Junior ranks. Clonmore the 2016 championship winners look the strongest team unit in the competition but if Burns, Sheridan and Hall can all produce the sort of displays they have shown in the orange jersey I think we could be in for an upset.

If Jamar can get some assistance with keeping the scoreborad ticking over I believe that Forkhill can prevail.