St Paul’s 0-14 Whitecross 1-17
Whitecross travelled to Lurgan on Wednesday evening to meet St Paul’s, knowing that victory would guarantee them a top four spot while promotion was still on the cards for St Paul’s although unlikely. The visitors started brightly with a Cathal McSherry goal firing them into a 1-2 to no score lead with the game just seven minutes old.
St Paul’s opened their account soon after but further points from McSherry (2) and Liam Mackin saw Whitecross maintain their lead. The sides exchanged scores while St Paul’s began to find their stride and reeled off six point to reduce the margin to one heading in at half time with Whitecross narrowly in front 1-7 to 0-9.
Whitecross pushed on after the break with two frees from the reliable boot of Cathal McSherry and a point from play by Ryan McSherry. St Paul’s did tag on a further two scores before Jack Quinn showed immense pace to brush off the St Paul’s defence and fire the ball over the bar. Whitecross finished strongly kicking six points in the final quarter, four coming from Cathal McSherry to see Whitecross win 1-17 to 0-14.
Although Whitecross, St Paul’s and Clan na Gael all finished on 16 points each it was the Clans superior scoring difference that saw them promoted to the senior division for 2020 as they finished the year in impressive fashion seeing off Middletown, who had already been relegated, 9-14 to 2-6.
League Champions Mullaghbawn suffered just their third defeat of the year, this time at the hands of Wolfe Tones, who despite their 1-10 to 0-8 victory, were still relegated to section B of the Intermediate League. Tir na nOg and Shane O’Neill’s played out what appeared to be a must win game although because of other results both sides avoided the drop, with Tir na nOg winning on the night 1-14 to 0-7.
In section B of the Intermediate League Tullysaran lost 1-18 to 0-10 to Grange although the league leaders had already been promoted before throw in. Keady are also promoted with their final game against An Port Mor taking place tonight. Crossmaglen IIs and Eire already due their fate before last night and were both lost their games last night, Ballyhegan defeating Crossmaglen IIs 2-16 to 2-12 while Carrickcruppen beat Eire Og 4-12 to 2-11.