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Simplyfruit Armagh Senior League

Forkhill safe from relegation

Forkhill, despite losing to bottom of the table St Paul’s 1-13 to 2-7 were able to celebrate as the 10 points they have already accumulated is enough to guarantee them senior status for next year. Regarded  by many as mere cannon fodder before making their senior bow this year the O’Doirnin’s  season can be hailed as a great success regardless as to how the remainder of the year pans out. Victory for St Paul’s, only their second of the year has enable them to catch up with both Carrickcruppen and Killeavy on the 5 point mark with a couple of games to go. Annaghmore and Tir na nOg are just above the three in the relegation positions with 6 points apiece and anxiously looking over their shoulders. Scoring 3-11 away from home would normally lead to success but whilst the Cruppen attack excelled their defence slept as they conceded 6 goals to Sarsfields who also bagged 8 points. Killeavy could only manage 2 scores against table toppers St Pat’s who won 0-13 to 1-1 to hold onto their one point lead over Armagh Harps with 2 games to go. Harps maintained their challenge on the leaders with a 3-13 to 0-13 win over Annaghmore but it is neighbours and arch rivals Crossmaglen who could yet spoil the Pat’s party. The champions have 3 games in hand on the current league leaders and winning all 3 games will see them go equal on points with the Pat’s.

Simplyfruit Armagh Intermediate League

Clann Eireann on the brink

Already assured of promotion Clann Eireann will go up to Senior ranks as champions if they win or draw at Mullaghbawn on Wednesday night next. The leaders nearest challengers are Madden who are in arrears by 2 points with time running out. At the bottom end of the table time has already run out for Collegeland and Dorsey Emmet’s who will be in Junior next year unless they can win the championship. Keady, with games in hand, still look like the team who might be in a lot of trouble. Eire Og and Clan na Gael are also in a precarious position with an extra point or two doing either the power of good to stay afloat. St Peter’s edged away to safety by winning their re-fixed home match with Mullaghbawn 2-8 to 1-9. A blistering football start was the feature this time round as the hosts delivered the knock-out blow in the shape of two early goals, a deficit the visitors never really got to grips with.

Simplyfruit Armagh Junior A League

Derrynoose take control

Victories over Lissummon and Corrinshego have put Derrynoose in control of the Junior A league. St Mochua’s have opened up a four point lead at the top of the table over Tullysaran and Corrinshego. A home defeat for Lissummon has cast them adrift of the promotion spots with more games played than the others. St Michael’s, with just  one win to their credit look via the league to be heading down  with Crossmaglen and Clonmore battling it out, to stay clear of the second from basement spot.

Simplyfruit Armagh Junior B League

St Pat’s top three way battle

Like their Seniors St Pat’s, Cullyhanna have control of the Junior B League. Pat’s are 3 points clear of Clady who have a game in hand. The only other contender for promotion is Killeavy who are currently 5 points off the leaders with a game less played.