Armagh LGFA Club Match Reports

Division One

Shane O’Neill’s 4-13 Grange 4-12

Shane O’Neill’s edged through an eight-goal thriller as they eventually saw off Grange by the narrowest of margins.

The home side struck early points from Ciara Jones and Geraldine McNally but were soon rocked back on their heels when Grange hit two goals in as many minutes along with a further two points to go six ahead.

Louise Kenny replied with a point for the Shane’s before they scored a couple of three-pointers to lead by one again at the water-break, through Orlaith McArdle and Kenny.

Two points immediately on the restart saw Grange edge back in front but a Ciara Jones effort had the Shane’s back on level terms before Tara Byrne and Jones fired over a couple of great scores to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

The sides swapped another point apiece before the half-time break with Louise Kenny getting the Camlough sides score to leave them two to the good at the break, 2-7 to 2-5.

Grange began the second period on the front foot and scored three points in a row while Abbie McVerry and Geraldine McNally got a point each to edge Shane’s ahead again by one.

McVerry increased the home side’s advantage to four with a well taken goal, with McNally following shortly with great long-range effort.

The Shane’s were playing some great football at this stage and a pinpoint pass from Sinead McDonnell put McVerry through on goal and she made no mistake from close range, netting her second and her side’s fourth goal of the contest.

The visitors hit straight back with a goal of their own before Sinead McDonnell pointed for to leave the Camlough side six point ahead at the second-half water-break.

Grange upped their game on the restart and scored 1-4 without reply to lead by one and it could have been an even greater lead only for a great fingertip save from net-minder Brianna Mathers.

Shane O’Neill’s levelled the game in the final few minutes when the impressive Ellen Hannaway popped the ball over the bar.

With time almost up, Niamh Carragher drove at the Grange defence and slotted the ball between the posts to put her side back in front to win by the minimum at the final whistle.

This win sees the Shane’s sit top of the table with Clann Eireann just behind having defeated Armagh Harps at the weekend.

The Lurgan side were in flying form on Saturday evening and were big winners over the Harps in Abbey Park, winning 6-17 to 3-6.

Division Two

Killeavy continued their terrific form at the top of the Division Two table with their fifth win of the season.

They travelled to Ballyhegan on Saturday evening and their awesome goal-scoring ability was once again on show.

Ballyhegan did run them close and put up a good fight, but Killeavy had too much in the end and triumphed 6-11 to 3-12.

Silverbridge were big winners in round five as they travelled the short distance to Mullaghbawn at the weekend.

They built up a huge lead and were ahead by 23 points when they referee called for the ball, winning 2-20 to 0-3.

The Granemore and Lissummon round five clash was postponed and will be played at a later date.

Division Three

The big clash in Division Three was played out on Friday evening as they two teams at the top of the tabled faced off.

Mullabrack hosted Clan na Gael, with both sides locked on 12 points each after four game unbeaten runs.

Goals win games and despite both hitting the net, the Lurgan side grabbed four goals to take the victory and claim top spot with a 4-9 to 2-10 win.

Elsewhere Eire Og edged out Sarsfield with two points to spare in the end on Saturday evening, 2-6 to 2-4.

Division Four

Tir na nOg remain the league leaders on scoring difference, just shading St Peter’s who sit in second place.

The Portadown side put up a big score to see off Wolfe Tones on Saturday night and deservingly collected the three points on offer.

An early goal through Clia Creaney set the tempo while they followed it up with another three-pointer from Sophie Weir.

Tir na nOg went on to finish with a devastating 11 goals and were well ahead at the full-time whistle, 11-20 to 2-0.

St Peter’s also recorded a big win when they hosted Thomas Davis on Wednesday and were victorious 4-24 to 1-3.

Clonmore remain at the forefront of the chasing pack and sit just behind the top two by three points.

The Naomh Labhaoise side proved too strong for St Paul’s at the weekend and won the game 3-12 to 0-5.

Pearse Ogs maid the short journey to Keady on Saturday evening and returned home with all three points on offer.

Louise McDonnell netted the home sides only major, but it wasn’t enough to get on top as the Ogs ran out comfortable 5-10 to 1-13 winners in the end.