Armagh Club Match Reports

Division 1A

Killeavy 2-13 Ballymacnab 1-8

Killeavy made it third time lucky on Sunday when they earned their first win of the season, having drawn with Granemore and Maghery in recent weeks.

The South Armagh men had home advantage and were the most comfortable of the two sides during the opening exchanges.

Miceal McNamee and Ronan McGuinness opened the scoring while a Gavin McParland free got the Nab off the mark.

It was all Killeavy until the interval, with full-forward Paul Quinn palming the ball to the net prior to three Oisin King points.

McGuinness raised another white flag, as did captain Cathal Boylan, with Ballymacnab’s only response coming from midfielder Paul Meegan.

Killeavy rattled the net for the second time through McGuinness while points from McNamee and King saw the home side up 2-9 to 0-2 at the break.

Gavin McParland landed two scores after the restart, cancelled out by a Killeavy double as Ballymacnab hit a purple patch.

McParland rallied over three on the trot before Ryan Watters buried the ball to the net following a piercing run.

Killeavy replied with two more points while McParland recorded his 7th point of the day to bring the game to a close.

Crossmaglen got their first points of the season with a huge 12-point win over league leaders Dromintee.

Caolan Finnegan struck the net in the opening half to hand Cross the initiative, and they ran out comfortable 1-18 to 0-9 winners.

Armagh Harps defeated Maghery away from home on Sunday, with six points to spare by the time the final whistle sounded.

The city side held a slender 0-8 to 0-5 lead at the half time break and stretched that margin to six by full time, winning 0-16 to 0-10.

Division 1B

Madden 0-14 Grange 2-8

It was the Game of the Week in Division 1B and this one went right to the wire, with Grange grabbing a last-minute goal to earn a share of the spoils.

Madden build up an encouraging six-point lead by the break and the hosts opened the scoring through a Ryan Morgan point in the first minute.

Ben Toal, Grange’s only first half scorer, tied the contest before Madden took control with six unanswered scores.

Young corner forward Darragh McMullan, Joe Sheridan (2) and Conor Grimley (3) all raised white flags during the home sides most dominant period.

Toal replied for Grange with two points from the dead ball, which were soon matched by Aron McKenna and Grimley to see Madden ahead 0-9 to 0-3 at the interval.

Justin Kieran and Toal tagged on scores to close the gap for Grange as Conor Grimley swung over from a free.

Miceal McKenna and McMullen swapped scores, while Aron McKenna saw his brace matched by the Grange attack.

Justin Kieran claimed the first goal of the game that offered Grange a lifeline heading into the final minutes.

A Conor Grimley free looked to have secured the win for Madden but Adam Toal had other ideas and his three-pointer with the final score of the game earned Grange a point.

Madden will be disappointed not to have opened their season with a win, but Grange must be credited for the resilience they showed.

Mullaghbawn edged out Annaghmore by the minimum of margins, winning 0-16 to 1-12.

St Peter’s were on the road on Sunday and picked up their first points of the season with a win over Cullyhanna.

St Pat’s were up by two at the break, but three second half goals from the Lurgan side helped them win 3-8 to 1-8.

Division 2A

Shane O’Neill’s 1-8 St Paul’s 0-11

Shane O’Neill’s and St Paul’s couldn’t be separated as the sides clashed in Camlough on Sunday afternoon.

The away side found themselves two points to the good in the opening five minutes before Lee Lennon got the Shane’s off the mark with a well taken point.

Lennon was on hand minutes later to get on the end of a Paul O’Rourke pass and to flick the ball low to the net to put his side in front.

Two St Paul’s frees had them back on level terms by the water-break and they went ahead just after the restart with a close-range point.

The sides swapped a further two points each with Aodhan Conlon and O’Rourke scoring for the home side to leave St Paul’s one in front at the break, 0-7 to 1-3.

The Lurgan men pointed early in the second half while an Aodhan Conlon free left the minimum between the sides.

St Paul’s responded immediately to restore their two-point advantage, before substitute Neil Paul Lennon fired over for the Shane’s with almost his first touch of the ball.

St Paul’s hit two points in a row to go three up, as Shane’s responded through Lennon and O’Rourke to leave just one in it as the final whistle approached.

The game had just entered additional time when Oisin Murphy hit a great long-range effort to tie the score and that’s how it ended, Shane O’Neill’s 1-8 St Paul’s 0-11.

Tullysaran 2-11 Sarsfields 1-16

It was a tight encounter in Tullysaran on Sunday afternoon with the away team narrowly gaining the maximum points on offer.

Eddie Mallon fisted a point to give Tullysaran the lead but the Lurgan side replied with two points on the trot.

Mallon could have got his side ahead when his shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the goal-line but was deemed not to have crossed.

The Tullysaran attacker did land a free kick but Sarsfields added two more points of their own to keep their noses ahead.

Mallon was again on target before the visitors replied with a controversial point, but Tullysaran kept in touch with Mark McKeever getting on the score sheet.

Ciaran Mullan scored a great individual score after a 30-yard run to close the gap just before the water break.

On the resumption, Sarsfields recorded the first two points before an attack by Eoin Daly resulted in him being fouled in the square and Gavin Conlon calmly slotted the penalty.

The home side were reduced to 14 just before the break, as Sarsfields knocked over the final score of the half, Tullysaran ahead 2-5 to 0-8.

With the extra man Sarsfields were dominant and grabbed 1-3 early on before Mallon pointed a free kick.

The High Moss men notched another score, matched by points from Ryan McCreesh and goal scorer Conlon.

The sides traded scores, with Sarsfields seeing their three points answered by McKeever, Matthew Kernan and Conlon.

The visitors knocked over the final score of the game to come away with a two-point win and now sit top of the table.

Whitecross and Culloville couldn’t be separated on Saturday night drawing at half time and full time, the final score, Whitecross 0-13 Culloville 1-10.

Clan na Gael were big winners away to Tir na nOg at the weekend, winning on a big score line of 2-20 to 0-6.

Division 2B

Keady 3-13 Clonmore 2-10

Keady fielded four debutants on Sunday afternoon in their win against Clonmore, one of which was Ciaran Donnelly who rattled the net in the opening two minutes.

Donnelly fired over an excellent point in response to two Clonmore scores and it was blow for blow during the opening half.

The Keady newbie traded scores with the Clonmore attack before a fantastic solo run from Shea Harvey split the visiting defence open.

The ball found its way to Donnelly who riffled the ball to the top corner of the goal, but Clonmore answered brilliantly with a three-pointer of their own.

The home side held the upper hand at the half time break with a goal the margin, 2-5 to 1-5 and it was all to play for in the second period.

Keady opened up some daylight between the sides with Harvey getting up and down the field and hitting a great score.

Marc Toal slotted in another Keady goal as the home side stretched their lead to seven, points coming through Toal, Finn McGee and James O’Hara following.

Clonmore did get back into contention with a goal of their own to kickstart a revival, along with an unanswered 0-5.

Keady’s youthful outfit had enough to hold on and they earned a three-point win, with late points from Donnelly, O’Hara and Harvey.

Wolfe Tones defeated An Port Mor by eight points, 2-15 to 2-7 while Carrickcruppen earned a 0-16 to 0-10 victory away to Middletown.

Collegeland and Ballyhegan ended all square, with Collegeland hitting the game’s only goal to help earn a draw, ending 1-9 to 0-12.

Junior Division

Derrynoose 1-12 Forkhill 1-12

It ended all square in the Junior Game of the Week as neither side could do enough to earn the victory.

Forkhill got off to the best start with two Owen Donaghy points, but Derrynoose hit back with the game’s opening goal.

Cormac Toner traded points with the opposition as Derrynoose fired over another score to lead 1-2 to 0-3 at the water break.

Forkhill’s dangerman Toner continued to swap scores just before the break and the hosts held a slender two-point advantage, 1-4 to 0-5.

Toner and Donaghy tagged on early scores for Forkhill before Toner hit the equaliser after a great run from Darren King.

The game turned in the away sides favour when Marcus McKeown intercepted a short kick and set up Toner who slotted it home.

A point by Owen Donaghy had Forkhill five in front heading into the water break, but a big last quarter from Derrynoose helped them earn a share of the spoils.

The home side outscored the opposition 0-7 to 0-2 in the final 15 minutes of play to take a hard-worked point from the encounter.

Elsewhere in the Junior League, Lissummon defeated Eire Og by the minimum of margins on Thursday evening, 0-13 to 0-12.

The Craigavon side got the opportunity to bounce back instantly as they beat St Michael’s on Sunday, 0-14 to 0-10

On Friday, Thomas Davis overcame Clady 1-16 to 2-8 with David Hankin grabbing the all-important goal for the home side.

Three first half goals for Mullabrack weren’t enough to get them something from the game when they travelled to Killeavy on Sunday afternoon.

Barry McGeown, Lochlainn Mallon and Tiernan Quinn all hit the net in an entertaining first half.

The home side hit a three-pointer of their own, also coming inside the opening 30 minutes, to earn a 1-12 to 3-5 victory.

Belleek were big winners over Redmond O’Hanlon’s at the weekend, winning with 14 points to spare on a score line of 2-22 to 0-14.

Crossmaglen continued their eye-catching early form as a Shane McConville goal helped them defeat Lissummon 1-15 to 0-12.