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Armagh League Round-Up

After 5 rounds of league fixtures played it is quite clear that the new league format is turning out to be an unqualified success in terms of competitiveness, entertainment and good football.

Senior League Football A

Pearse Og are the only side in this division yet to taste defeat. A first league win in a while over city rivals Harps 2-13 to 2-10 in a cracking game shows what direction the Og’s are heading even though it is early doors. A late point broke Wolfe Tone hearts as Crossmaglen Rangers eked out a 1-7 to 1-6 win to halt a very rare run of three losses on the trot. Sarsfields picked up their second win with a bit to spare over visitors Maghery 2-12 to 0-9 as the losers have a one win from four record. A Shane Conlon second half goal for St Pat’s stunted the home hopes and a strong last quarter from the visitors with Aidan Nugent (0-5) to the fore saw them inflict a fifth defeat on Ballymacnab 0-9 to 1-8, who are rooted at the foot of the table.

Senior League Football B

No 100% records left in this division as Madden 2-14 to 1-6 winners over visiting Tir na nOg go 2 points clear at the top of the table following their fourth victory whilst the losers have 2 points from 4 played and lie joint bottom of the table with Forkhill. Without county players and hit by injuries Forkhill despite scoring 2-13 lost out to a Grange goal fest that produced 5-9. Annaghmore made it 3 wins from 4 by inflicting a second loss on Dromintee as they snatched an away win 3-9 to 2-9. Granemore halted the Clann Eireann run with a very good away win 0-12 to 1-8 to keep in touch with the top with a game less played.

Intermediate Football League A

The big game in the division so far saw unbeaten sides Silverbridge and Killeavy meet with the Bridge crushing their rivals 2-18 to 2-6 to lay down an early marker in the promotion race. Culloville join the Bridge on 5 from 5 following their 4-12 to 2-7 win over St Paul’s with Seamus Watters, Kieran Hatzer, Niall Rowland and Fergal Traynor finding the net. After a shaky start Whitecross are finding a bit of form as a double scores 0-12 to 0-6 win at St Peter’s would suggest. Mullaghbawn are at foot of the table pointless after letting a 5 point second half home lead against Carrickcruppen slip. The visitors dominated the last 10 minutes outscoring the home side 1-6 to 0-1 to record their second win 3-13 to 1-13.

Intermediate Football League B

A home slip up by leaders Shane O Neill’s as they were pipped by a point 1-12 to 0-14 by An Port Mor enabled Clan Na Gael 2-14 to 0-11 winners at Middletown and Tullysarran 4-8 to 2-13 winners at Derrynoose take over joint leadership of the division. Eire Og won for the second time at Corrinshego 1-13 to 1-8 to move up to the 4 point mark clear of their conquests, Middletown and Derrynoose who are all tied on the 2 point mark.

Junior Football league

A one point win at Belleek 1-14 to 1-13 keeps Dorsey undefeated in 5 and are joined at the top on 10 points by Lissummon 2-12 to 0-11 derby winners over O’Hanlon’s. Keady are on the 9 point mark following their 0-12 to 1-7 win at Killeavy and are joint in second place by Ballyhegan who dropped their first point in a 9 points apiece draw at Clonmore. St Patrick’s condemned Crossmaglen Rangers to a fourth consecutive defeat with a 2-13 to 2-10 win at Cross. Clady notched their first win in 5 with a 0-13 to 0-8 win over Pearse Og. St Michaels 3 game winning start was halted away to Collegeland where it finished all square 2-6 to 1-9.