Mullaghbawn vs Cullyhanna Preview

This is probably the hardest to call of all the weekends games. It brings a close the opening round action of the Senior Championship.

Mullaghbawn take on Cullyhanna in an intriguing tie that both will feel strongly they can win.

Ross McQuillan’s return was a massive boost to Kieran McGeeney, and an even bigger one for the St Patrick’s club.

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His last game in the Senior Championship was against Crossmaglen back on the 2018 county semi-final.

Cullyhanna pushed hard for a division 1A league title that year, but have failed to reach those highs in recent season.

The return of Jason Duffy from county involvement is a crucial addition and could help Cullyhanna get over the line.

Aidan Nugent is expected to feature from the start tomorrow. The deadly forward has had a nightmare year with injuries.

Ciaran McKeever has returned to the squad and will help out the defence. Paudie McCreesh and Barry McConville remain key to the Cullyhanna rear-guard.

Mullaghbawn had enough quality up top, if all fully fit, to cause the oppositions back six serious problems.

Shea Loye was the standout performer in his sides lose to Crossmaglen last season. He kicked all 0-10 of their scores.

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Eddie English missed out that day due to injury and will be big plus for Mullaghbawn if fit to play tomorrow.

Eoghan McDonnell and Niall Strain are industrious players around the middle, where Cormac Smyth is the main man.

Smyth’s ability to field in the air is a joy to watch and provides Peter McDonnell’s with the option to kick long from their restarts.

Mullaghbawn edged out a tight league meeting with just one to spare. Sunday’s encounter could be just as tight.