Armagh Club Match Reports

Division 1A

Ballymacnab 2-13 Armagh Harps 1-20

Armagh Harps continue to chase the league crown with another win on Sunday which signalled relegation for Ballymacnab.

Ballymacnab started best, with Jack Grugan scoring two goals inside the opening two minutes, followed by a point.

Scores from Charlie Vernon, James McCoy, Tom O’Kane (2), Darragh Murphy and Joe McElroy narrowed the gap to one.

Ryan Watters and Oisin McGivern hit the target while McElroy’s second came just before the water break.

The home side extended their lead thanks to Grugan, Fearghal Nugent and McGivern. Harps kept in touch through Murphy, O’Kane and Ryan McShane.

Photo Credit: John Merry

Rory Grugan swung over his first, before the two full-forwards, Jack Grugan and O’Kane traded scores.

Aodhan Toner’s palmed effort gave his side a 2-9 to 0-11 half time lead.

A Ryan Watters brace matched McElroy and O’Kane points while McShane and Rory Grugan trade scores.

Ultan Lennon made an instant impact when introduced, and his three-pointer got the Harps back to within one.

McElroy levelled the game while Oisin Hughes nudged his side ahead for the first time.

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McShane, McElroy, O’Kane and Lennon put the Harps five up in a dominant final quarter.

Simon King fisted over Ballymacnab’s only response, but it was too little too late at that stage.

Dromintee remain favourites to capture the Division 1A league title after a surprising win over Crossmaglen.

The league leaders trailed by the minimum of margins at half time, 1-5 to 1-4.

Dromintee turned it around heroically in the second half to eventually see out a 3-11 to 2-12 victory.

The win means that if Dromintee beat Ballymacnab next weekend, they will capture the league title.

The Harps are the only challengers. They will need to beat Maghery next Sunday and hope Dromintee fail to win.

Division 1B

Madden were crowned Division 1B champions on Sunday and will compete in the top tier next year for the first time in their history.

They secured the title and promotion with a four point away victory to Cullyhanna, their 9th win of the campaign.

The Raparees lead by two at the first water break, and the margin was the same at half time, 0-7 to 0-5.

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Niall Smith, Conor Grimley, Aron McKenna and Joe Sheridan all hit the target in that opening half, while Jason Duffy hit three for the visitors.

The hosts held their opponents to four points in the second period and saw out a 0-13 to 0-9 victory.

Conor Grimley nailed four points after the turnaround while Ciaran Rafferty also got in on the scoring act.

Grange also defeated Annaghmore, who have already been relegated to the Intermediate league, at the weekend by three points, 3-13 to 3-10.

Three teams will attempt to secure that second promotion spot, with Clann Eireann, Grange and Mullaghbawn still able to go up.

Photo Credit: John Merry

Division 2A

Sarsfields retuned to Senior football for 2022, following their relegation from 1B back in 2019.

They secured promotion and the league title with a convincing home win against Culloville on Sunday.

Five goals, shared between Paul McGeown (3) and Kevin McAlinden (2) saw the High Moss men win comfortably.

Captain Niall Kerr drove the team on from centre half back, while Shane McAlinden continued his good form in defence.

Clan na Gael are best placed to finish second in the table, but Tullysaran could do likewise if results go their way.

Division 2B

With promotion and relegation already wrapped up in Division 2B, teams will naturally turn all their attention to tuning up for the championship.

League champions Carrickcruppen suffered their first defeat of the campaign, losing 0-6 to 1-10 to Clonmore.

Ballyhegan were victorious over Keady on Sunday, holding a two-point advantage at the final whistle.

It was nip and tuck during the opening exchanges with both teams rattled the net. Keady’s three-pointer coming from their goalkeeper who buried his 6th penalty of the year.

Ballyhegan held a two-point lead at the break and were able to keep the same margin until the finish, winning 1-11 to 1-9.

Junior Division

Crossmaglen II 1-15 Forkhill 0-12

Crossmaglen IIs topped the Junior A Division after a six-point win over Forkhill on Sunday afternoon.

This game was essentially a league final, with both sides locked on 27 points prior to the throw in.

Jemar Hall opened the scoring before four-points in a row handed the home side a three-point advantage.

Paudie Toner, Hall and Stephen Sheridan all closed the gap before Jemar Hall found a levelling score.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Hall traded scores with the opposition attack before an Eoin Keenan free handed Crossmaglen a one-point lead.

Stephen Sheridan nailed a monster effort for Forkhill, while another Keenan effort gave the hosts a 0-9 to 0-7 half time lead.

Two Jemar Hall scores were matched early in the second period, before Cross stretched ahead with a goal just after the water break.

Cormac Toner exchanged scores with the hosts, while Hall hit a brace, but Cross were comfortable six-point winners in the end.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Eire Og defeated Derrynoose on Sunday morning with two goals in the final quarter the killer scores.

The Craigavon side were 1-12 to 1-7 up at the second half water break, but the brace of goals helped secure a 3-13 to 2-11 victory.

Belleek were handsome winners over Dorsey on Friday evening, winning by 17 points in the end.

Ronan Davies and Callum O’Neill struck the two three-pointers for Belleek as they strolled to a 2-18 to 0-7 victory.

Thomas Davis were victorious in the only Junior B game of the weekend as they hosted league leaders O’Hanlon’s.

Two goals helped to secure the two points on offer, putting the into third place in the table. The final score Thomas Davis 2-12 O’Hanlon’s 0-11.