Senior League A
Maghery 1-7 Dromintee 0-7
Maghery captured this year’s Senior League A title on Saturday night with a three point win at home to Dromintee. Oisin Cushnahan struck the all important goal to earn Maghery a hard fought win, their 10thvictory from 12 games played so far this season as the new champions still have two league games remaining.
Maghery started their campaign with an away win against the same opposition on the first day of the league and held an unbeaten run of 6 games before Killeavy edged them out by a point in round 7. Ballymacnab also defeated Maghery in round 8 but Finnian Moriarty’s men regained their early form and once more remained unbeaten for their final four games with wins against Killeavy, Crossmaglen, St Patrick’s and Dromintee.
Congratulations to Maghery and Finnian Moriarty in his first year as manager of the side on a fully deserved league triumph. The ex county defender and his men will now surely turn their attention the championship as they aim to recapture the title which they last held in 2016.
Senior League B
Madden 4-17 Annaghmore 2-8
Madden come out on top for the second time this week with an impressive home win over Annaghmore, who now find themselves second from bottom with three games left to play. Madden however would hope to have secured a top four spot as they sit three points ahead of St Peter’s with both teams having two games remaining.
Two points each from Niall Grimley and Aron McKenna gave the home side a four point advantage 10 minutes in before Tomas McCormack pulled one back for Annaghmore. Madden looked to pull away early on however and a goal from McKenna followed by a Peter Lappin point saw the hosts 1-5 to 0-1 ahead after 13 minutes.
Two Annaghmore points were match by Aron McKenna and Conor Grimley while Conor Cullen hit two in a purple patch for Annaghmore that saw them kick 1-3 to bring the sides level for the first time in the game. Colly Mallon put his side one up before striking for goal to see Madden lead at the half time break 2-8 to 1-7.
Once again Madden began the half on top with Ciaran Rafferty’s early score followed by a brace from Niall Grimley. Madden’s second half points were cancelled out when Oisin MacIomhair fired home a penalty after 40 minutes but Madden soon regained full control of the encounter as they outscored the travelling side 2-6 to 0-1 in the final 20 minutes.
Liam Grimley and Joe Sheridan knocked over points while Niall Smith powered forward to rattle the Annaghmore net for the third time on the day. Liam Grimley, Ciaran Rafferty and Niall Grimley all chipped in as Annaghmore responded with a single point. Madden rounded off a brilliant performance with Niall Grimley getting his 6thpoint before Neil McGuinness’ 61stminute goal saw Madden deservingly win 4-17 to 2-8.
Sarsfields earned an important win against bottom side Culloville to drag themselves out of the relegation zone, now ahead of Annaghmore by the minimum of margins. Sarsfields lead from start to finish with two first half games seeing them into a 2-6 to 0-5 lead at half time before pulling away in the second period to comfortably win 2-15 to 0-7.
Granemore now find themselves in pole position to gain promotion to the top tier of the senior league with a win against Clann Eireann, leaving them second in the table with a game more to play than league leaders Pearse Ogs, who Granemore trail by two points. The sides were evenly matched during the opening period as but Granemore pulled away in the second half to earn a 2-9 to 1-11 victory.
In the highest scoring game of the weekend St Paul’s overcame a battling Middletown side whose performance wasn’t enough to lift them from the foot of the table. St Paul’s on the other hand have kept their promotion hopes alive as the 3-15 to 1-16 victory sees them sit in 2ndplace with a game in hand over Mullaghbawn who sit 4 points above them.
Mullaghbawn were also in action over the weekend, only earning a point from their home game against Tir na nOg, with the final score Mullaghbawn 0-18 Tir na nOg 1-15. Clan na Gael were victorious with a 1-10 to 2-5 win over Wolfe Tones with Stefan Campbell (5) Shane McParland (3), Niall McCann (1), Caolan Campbell (1) hitting the points to go along with Niall Henderson’s converted penalty.
In the bottom tier of the Intermediate league An Port Mor and Eire Og played out an entertaining encounter in a game which the Blackwatertown side shared live on Facebook. An Port Mor lead at the half time break 1-10 to 1-6 before pushing on to win by four, An Port Mor 1-18 Eire Og 2-11.
Clady 2-10 Corrinshego 1-11
A spirited second half display from home side saw Clady overcome Corrinshego as they also placed themselves above them by a single point in the middle of the Junior League table. The visitors opened the scoring before a brace from Malachy McGeown put Clady ahead. Corrinshego replied with five points in a row with Malachy McGeown kicking his 3rdfree to see the half time score Clady 0-3 Corrinshego 0-6.
Ryan Murphy closed the gap prior to two more points from Corrinshego but a Malachy McGeown penalty sparked some life into the home side. Malachy Savage traded scores with Corrinshego while points from Sean Toner and Paddy Hughes were followed by Corrinshego’s 10thpoint of the evening to level the game 1-7 to 0-10.
Clady kept on top with Malachy Savage striking his second of the game before Eamon Haughey raised a green flag to put his side four in front. Points from Ryan Murphy and Malachy McGeown saw the margin widened to 6 and although Corrinshego tried valiantly to get something from the game, the 1-1 they kicked in the final few minutes wasn’t enough as Clady held on for a 2-10 to 1-11 victory.
Mullabrack also came out on top against St Patrick’s II with their first win of the season and the clubs first win in 10 years, in their first season back in competitive action. A hard fought victory saw them come away with a two point win, seeing off Cullyhanna on a score line of Mullabrack 2-9 St Patrick’s II 2-7.