Senior League A
Armagh Harps 0-8 Crossmaglen 0-15
Abbey Park was the setting for Crossmaglen’s round 10 clash with Armagh Harps on Thursday evening, with the Rangers raiding the city side in the second half after a fairly even opening 30 minutes to go home with a further two points as they sit joint top of the Senior league with Maghery.
Mel Boyce and Paudie Stuttard traded scores with the hosts before a super save from Crossmaglen number one Jamie Carlisle denied the Harps a goal and the lead. Four points without reply from Cian McConville, Miceal McCabe (2 frees) and Daniel Cumiskey gave Cross a four point cushion but three pointed frees from the Harps left just one between the sides at the interval Armagh Harps 0-5 Crossmaglen 0-6.
The fast flowing football continued into the second half when Cian McConville and Mel Boyce stretched the visitors’ advantage while another converted placed ball for Armagh Harps saw the lead reduced to two. Cross edged further ahead through Colin O’Connor but the Harps had the perfect opportunity to tie the game as the referee pointed to the spot midway through the half.
The Crossmaglen net minder carried on from his heroics in the first half as he once again saved to keep the Rangers’ lead intact. McConville, Calum Cumiskey and Paudie Stuttard doubled the lead while the Harps could only reply with a solitary point which was soon cancelled out by Mel Boyce while McConville and Cumiskey also split the posts once again. Armagh Harps registered the final score of the night to end the game Harps 0-8 Cross 0-15.
On Friday night, home side St Patrick’s Cullyhanna got back to winning ways to see them climb out of the relegation zone and now sit 5th in the table as they enjoyed a four point victory over Dromintee, winning 2-10 to 0-12.
Senior League B
Clann Eireann 4-13 Madden 0-13
Four first half goals flung Clann Eireann into a dominant lead and one which the Raparees couldn’t pull back in the second period. The two points gained now sees Clann Eireann four points clear at the top of the table while Madden sit in the midway spot with 10 points from as many games.
Niall Smith’s point in the first minute was the only time Madden had the lead throughout the contest as Clann Eireann quickly fired home 1-2 to go four ahead. The goal was the only difference after Conor Grimley raised a white flag but the Lurgan men doubled their advantage with their second goal.
Ciaran Rafferty, Aron McKenna and Kyle Morgan swapped scores with the home side but Clann Eireann saw the half out in fantastic fashion, reeling off a further 2-2 with Maddens only response a Kyle Morgan point. This brought an end to the half with Clann Eireann 4-7 to 0-6 ahead.
Pointed frees from Ciaran Rafferty (2) and Joe Sheridan at the beginning of the third quarter reduced the gap, but Clann Eireann followed this up by striking a hat-trick of points of their own to extend their lead to 13 once again. A Clann Eireann point split scores from Liam Grimley, Ciaran Rafferty (2) and Joe Sheridan while the hosts also chipped over the final two points of the game to see out a comfortable 4-13 to 0-13 victory.
A surprise result followed on Friday night as hosts Annaghmore had six points to spare against promotion pushers St Peter’s. Annaghmore ran out impressive 0-13 to 1-4 victors.
Keady 0-8 Tullysaran 0-3
Friday night saw the clash of the two leaders of the Intermediate B League as Keady hosted the division’s only unbeaten side Tullysaran. The weather left it difficult for both sides, as the score line suggests, but it was Keady who made the most of the opportunities in the first half, scoring four points while holding the opposition to a single score from three shots.
Paul Greene struck the opening score after 10 minutes while the game was level 60 seconds later as Edward Mallon hit on target. Keady followed up with points from Sean McCabe, Paul Greene and Conor Hughes which saw out the half as the hosts held a three point lead at the interval, 0-4 to 0-1.
The second half played out similarly to the first, Keady again raising four white flags while the visitors hit two points. Sean McCabe and Ryan Conlon traded points, while Eugene McDonnell and John Corvan gave Keady a 6 point lead. Edward Mallon scored his second of the contest before Paul Greene’s final score saw Keady ahead 0-8 to 0-3 by the final whistle.
In the higher tier of the Intermediate League, Wolfe Tones saw off Shane O’Neill’s in Friday night’s fixture, winning 1-13 to 1-6 while An Port Mor saw off Ballyhegan’s challenge in the lower section of the league, winning on a score line of An Port Mor 2-8 Ballyhegan 1-8.
Mullabrack suffered yet another defeat on Wednesday night as they hosted Belleek. Top scorer on the night Sean McCreesh starred in the 0-4 to 3-11 win, finishing with a personal tally of 1-5. Newtown also got over the line on Wednesday night as they faced St Patrick’s II, winning 1-11 to 0-10 after 60 minutes of action.
Belleek also featured and won on Friday night and they beat home side Redmond O’Hanlon’s 0-6 to 0-20 while the highest scoring game of the night saw Dorsey score 5-9 to Lissummon’s 1-15. Clonmore extended their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 0-15 to 2-3 victory over Newtown while Mullabrack lost their second game of the week, this time to Forkhill who saw out a 1-15 to 0-8 triumph.