Armagh LGFA Club Match Reports – Round Two

Division 1

Grange 6-11 Silverbridge 3-12

Goals win games and the Grange Ladies raised six green flags on Saturday evening to pick up their first points of the league campaign.

Their six goals, split evenly either side of the half time whistle, denied Silverbridge any real chance to gain a foothold in the game.

The visiting side did edge ahead five minutes into the second period, but Grange had too much firepower up front and drove home for an important victory.

Leanne Mackle was immense at full back and made several well-timed tackles to turn the ball over from Silverbridge attacks.

Derval Mallon was busy all evening while Siobhan and Louise Mackle along with Hannah Duffy really caught the eye for the hosts.

Niamh Reel was the key operator for Silverbridge, ably assisted by Erin McShane at centre half forward.

McShane fired her side into an early lead with a goal, but Grange responded in perfect fashion with Roisin Hughes raising a green flag for her team.

Aideen Toal punched the ball past the Silverbridge netminder after Hannah Duffy’s initial effort had just dropped short.

The sides switched scores before Duffy landed the ball into the net from a free kick to establish an eight-point lead for the home side.

Silverbridge came roaring back into the contest with five unanswered points before the end of the first half.

Niamh Reel was responsible for four of the five points while Jayne Hearty, who enjoyed a good first half, also chipped in with one, Grange ahead 3-4 to 1-7 at the break.

The away side were straight back into contention at the beginning of the second half as Niamh Reel tore through the Grange defence to slot home her sides second goal.

The teams traded scores before Grange kicked another major, Siobhan Mackle stealing through the backline to riffle one to the net.

Louise Mackle captured the resulting kick out and chipped the back-tracking netminder to open up a five-point margin between the sides once again.

Dervla Mallon’s move to full forward worked out brilliantly as the Grange captain got her teams 6th goal, after capturing possession from a long ball played in by Colleen McKenna.

Both sides continued to chip over points and while Silverbridge got a goal at the end, through Niamh Reel, they were too far behind at that stage to steal something from the game.

Clann Eireann and Armagh Harps also clashed in Division One on Saturday evening in a repeat of last season’s Senior Championship Final.

The Lurgan side came through that day and once again got the better of the Harps, but in more convincing fashion this time around.

The final score read Clann Eireann 4-14 Armagh Harps 0-6.

Division 2

Lissummon and Granemore met on Thursday evening but unfortunately due to an injury sustained to a player, the game was abandoned.

Mullabrack hosted Mullaghbawn on Saturday night and the pair recorded a high scoring contest, with nine goals split between the teams.

Neither side could find a winner and would have to settle for a share of the spoils, the final score Mullabrack 5-9 Mullaghbawn 4-12.

Division 3

Cullyhanna had built up a four-point lead inside ten minutes with an early goal setting them on their way.

Another major stretched their lead to five by the halfway stage as Clonmore hung on, hitting six points in the opening half.

But two goals inside the first ten minutes after the half time break opened up a nine-point lead that Naomh Labhaoise just couldn’t pull back.

They did grab two goals of their own in the final quarter, but the home side had done enough to come away with a 4-11 to 2-15 victory.

Ballyhegan continued their blistering start to 2020 with another huge win coming on Saturday night.

They travelled to Eire Og and came away with an outstanding 35-point win following on from their victory of the same margin last weekend.

The game ended Eire Og 2-1 Ballyhegan 7-21.

Division 4

Tir na nOg came away with a handsome win over Pearse Og on Saturday to secure their second win of the campaign.

Two early goals set the tone as the Portadown side opened up a 4-10 to 3-3 margin by the time the referee called for the ball.

Craobh Ciaran gave an exhibition in goalscoring as they trounced Wolfe Tones away from home to pick up another two points.

Nine goals in total allowed Craobh Ciaran to run out comfortable winners with the score line at the end reading Wolfe Tones 2-0 Craobh Ciaran 9-27.

St Peter’s won the all-Lurgan clash in the Division on Saturday evening, defeating St Paul’s 2-9 to 0-8.