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The Cormac Leonard Commercials Armagh GAA Club Championships

New Sponsor, new format for Armagh Championship

Armagh GAA are delighted to announce Cormac Leonard Commercials Ltd as the sponsor of the Armagh GAA Club Championships for 2018-2020.

For over 40 years Cormac Leonard Commercials has been at the forefront of commercial vehicles and plant machinery sales in the UK, Ireland and worldwide. https://www.cormacleonard.com/

Armagh GAA Chairperson Mickey Savage welcomed the new sponsorship and commented, “Cormac Leonard is a long-time supporter of Armagh GAA and we are delighted that this successful local company has come on board to sponsor our flagship club competitions for the next three years.

Cormac Leonard, commented “I am extremely proud to be the sponsor of the Armagh GAA club championship. As always, a lot of hard work and dedication has gone in to preparation for the eagerly anticipated championship season and I would like to pass on my best wishes to all who are participating

The Cormac Leonard Commercials Armagh GAA Club Championships will feature 53 Armagh Clubs competing for Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football titles and Senior/Junior Hurling titles with over 100 games being played. There is an eagerly awaited new format to this years’ football championships with seeding based on league position with almost all teams guaranteed three championship fixtures.

CHAMPIONSHIPS ALREADY UNDERWAY

The Armagh GAA Cormac Leonard Commericals Championships 2018 are already underway and off to a terrific start as the Senior Hurling Championship Final ended in a draw. Holders Middletown Na Fianna led Keady Lamh Dhearg 8-6 but John Corvan cut the deficit to the minimum with 3 added minutes to play during which Conor Corvan held his nerve to slot over the equalizer from a free to leave it level 8-8 and another bite at the cherry for both teams. In a tight, low scoring encounter Middletown had led 6-2 at the short whistle.

In the earlier Junior Hurling Final Sean Treacey’s 1-10 beat Keady Lámh Dhearg 0-10 with John McKeever’s first half goal for the Lurgan men all that separated the sides at the final whistle. The teams were level 0-7 to 1-4 at half-time.

The Junior Football championship in which 13 teams are taking part has been drawn into 4 groups, 3×3 team Groups and one Group B containing 4 teams.  Action commenced on Saturday past with a cracking encounter starting the Group C campaign where Redmond O’Hanlon’s on their home patch edged out Derrynoose by a single point 1-17 to 3-10. Group D has a real derby feel too as near neighbours St. Michael’s, Belleek and Clady are all paired together. It was Cladsy who drew first blood in this group as they came away from Newtownhamilton with a 2-11 to 1-7 victory.

On Sunday two games in Group B were played as St Patrick’s II played hosts to Lissummon. The second game in this group took place at Corrinshego as Thomas Davis took on An Port Mor. The Group A game played saw Killeavy II v Dorsey Emmet’s

Armagh GAA Cormac Leonard Commericals Junior Football Championship Draw 2018 

On Sunday two games in Group B were played as St Patricks II played hosts to Lissummon which proved to be the most keenly contested of the 3 Sunday games. Level at 5 points apiece at the short whistle Lissummon midfielder Caolan O Hagan raced through the home defence from the throw-in to the second half to rifle the ball to the net for the score that made all the difference in this tight hard fought championship contest. The second game in this group took place at Corrinshigo as Thomas Davis took on An Port Mor with the visitors running out very comfortable winners on a 1-18 to 1-3 scoreline. The Group A game played saw Killeavy II come off second best to their visitors Dorsey Emmet’s who recorded a 1-17 to 1-4 victory Dorsey Emmet’s

Group A

Killeavy II

Dorsey Emmet’s

Keady

Group B

St. Patrick’s II

Thomas Davis

Lissummon

An Port Mor

Group C

O’Hanlon’s

Collegeland

Derrynoose

Group D

St. Michael’s 

Belleek

Clady

Fixtures

Group A

Killeavy II 1-4 v Dorsey Emmet’s 1-17 Dorsey Emmet’s v Keady Fri 17 August 7.30pm

Keady v Killeavy II TBC 24-27 Aug

Group B

St Patrick’s II v Lissummon Sun 12 August 2.00pm

Thomas Davis v An Port Mor Sun 12 August 2.00pm

St Patricks II v An Port Mor Fri 17 August 7.30pm

Lissummon v Thomas Davis Fri 17 August 7.30pm

An Port Mor v Lissummon TBC 24-27 Aug

Thomas Davis v St Patrick’s II TBC 24-27 Aug

Group C

O’Hanlon’s 1-17 Derrynoose 3-10

Derrynoose v Collegeland Sat 18 Aug 6.00pm

Collegeland v O’Hanlon’s Sat 25 Aug 6.00pm

Group D

St Michael’s 1-7 Clady 2-11

Clady v Belleek Sat 18 Aug 6.00pm

Belleek v St Michael’s Sat 25 Aug 6.00pm

SENIOR & INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS ON MONDAY NIGHT

Following the successful conclusions to both the Senior and Intermediate Leagues the way is now clear for the seeded draws for the Cormac Leonard Commericals SFC & IFC can take place on Monday 13 August at the County Board Meeting. The new era for championship football is certainly being looked forward to and if the excitement and thrills that this year’s leagues have already given us is anything to go be we are heading for the most open Senior and Intermediate championship battle for honours as there are a lot of teams in the mix to claim the title in both championship in 2018.

The purchase of a 2018 championship ticket from the County Board would be a most prudent and productive move by supporters as there are a lot of very good games in prospect in all 3 championship grades.