Down to the last eight in the Armagh Junior Championhip
The Armagh Junior Football Championship has been whittled down to the last 8 and has thrown up some very tasty quarter final ties. The main attraction of course will be the clash of the two South Armagh neighbours Dorsey Emmet’s and St Patricks 11.
The two remaining South Armagh sides Forkhill and Killeavy have both got tough assignments. There is a heavyweight meeting between title favourites Clonmore and Forkhill whilst another side who fancy their chances Collegeland face up to Killeavy. The fourth and final quarter final features two teams who were both tipped as lively outsiders but either Derrynoose or Belleek will make their exit as they take on each other for a semi-final berth.
Junior Championship Quarter Final Draw
Dorsey Emmet’s GAC v St Patrick’s II’s
Clonmore Robert Emmet’s GFC vs Forkhill
Killeavy GAA vs Collegeland O’Rahillys Gac
Derrynoose GAC vs Belleeks
TOP SPOT UP FOR GRABS
An early renewal of last years County Final will take place in Crossmaglen next Sunday when champions Cross entertain Ballymacnab. The prize on offer to the winners is the topping of Group after both sides recorded contrasting wins over the weekend. Ballymacnab were in clinical mode as they destroyed visiting Clann Eireann by a whopping 25 points 5-20 to 0-10. Rangers who had beaten Clann Eireann in their first outing were nearly caught napping as Airfields launched a great second half fightback to go down with all guns blazing 3-11 to 2-18. The ‘Nab are top of the table on scoring difference as they head to Cross as Bakersfield will be favoured to pick up their first win against Clann Eireann.
Group 2 GRANEMORE TOP OF THE PILE
Granemore made it two wins from two as they edged out a wasteful Silverbridge 1-12 to 0-14. Whilst the home side squandered several goal chances it was the green flag raised by Kieran Toner that made the difference as Granemore looked for win number three when they take on pointless St Peter’s who lost out to Armagh Harps 0-19 to 1-8. Harps following a losing start are at home to Silverbridge with the winner securing the runner-up berth in the group.
Group 3 DROMINTEE MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO
With Marty Morrisey in attendance Dromintee made it two wins from two as the clipped the wings of round one giant killers Madden 1-14 to 0-11. So the Dromintee Pat’s will face their toughest challenge yet when they play Maghery who got back to winning ways with a 0-12 to 0-8 over Annaghmore. The pointless Pearses are not yet out of contention as a win over Madden could keep their championship alive. A draw will suffice for Dromintee to top the table but avoiding a heavy defeat against Maghery should also do them for qualification.
PEARSE ÓG TAKE CONTROL
A comfortable 3-13 to 0-14 away win in Cullyhanna has put Pearse Óg top of the group on 4 points with one round of fixtures remaining. A first half penalty and a 14 second half goal gave the visitors control and the killer third goal arrived as the home side had mounted a comeback.The city side take on Culloville in their last fixture next weekend with St Pat’s taking on Killeavy. There will be a lot of interest in this group on tonight’s (Monday ) result between Culloville and Killeavy as a win gives either team a fighting chance of advancement going into the last match.