Division 1A – Killeavy 2-5 Madden 2-6
Madden edged a tight, one-point encounter away from home on Sunday to get their first win of the Division 1A season.
The Raparees burst out of the traps with two first half goals before Killeavy hit back after the break with two of their own.
Caolan McConville and Conor Grimley traded scores before Madden Man of the Match Niall Smith struck the game’s opening goal.
Aron McKenna tagged on a point prior to nailing a second major. Madden led at the break 2-2 to 0-2.
Three Killeavy points were cancelled out by Joe Sheridan, McKenna and Grimley while Sheridan stretched Madden’s led to seven.
The home side hit back with two goals inside the final five minutes but couldn’t get something from the game.
Clann Eireann 1-5 Crossmaglen 0-12
It was a repeat of the 2021 county final but a much different result this time around. Crossmaglen gained a four-point revenge for their loss last season.
Both sides were down a few regulars, and it was Cross who made the initial burst with points from Seanie McConville, Caolan Finnegan and Daniel Cumiskey.
McConville traded scores with the opposition, as did Callum Cumiskey to put the visitors 5-3 up at half time.
The hosts opened the scoring at the start the second half and narrowed the margin to the minimum.
Cumiskey (free), Dara O’Callaghan and Paul Hughes kept the Rangers on top with a point apiece.
Cumiskey got his third while Aaron Kernan raised another white flag for his side. Clann Eireann shot back into contention, narrowing the gap to two with a Jack Conlon goal.
Aodhan O’Callaghan and Ronan Fitzpatrick got their names on the scoresheet and confirmed victory for Crossmaglen.
St Patrick’s 1-5 Ballymacnab 1-5
This was a game dominated by the weather and it was Cullyhanna who used the huge breeze to their advantage in the first half.
Caolan Reavey opened the scoring for the hosts before Jack McAneney doubled their lead (free).
Shea Hoey shot home the first goal of the day to stretch the Cullyhanna lead to five after 18 minutes.
Ballymacnab shot back with a superb individual goal from corner back Ciaran Connolly to narrow the gap to two.
Reavey finished the half as he started, with a point, to hand St Patrick’s a 1-3 to 1-0 lead at half time.
Scores from Kieran Hughes (free) and a huge Niall McKee effort left the minimum between the sides.
Pearse Casey kept Cullyhanna ahead while another Hughes free brought the deficit back to one again.
Brendan Toner punched over the levelling score for the Nab before Sean Connell put Cullyhanna one up.
Hughes fired over an equaliser on the 64th minutes as both sides picked up their first points of the season.
Mullaghbawn 0-19 Grange 3-6
Mullaghbawn opened their Division 1B account with an impressive four-point win over Grange at home on Sunday.
The sides were evenly matched at the beginning of the game but two goals for Grange through Oisin Campbell and Jake Toal had them 2-4 to 0-7 ahead at half time.
Mullaghbawn fought back brilliantly after the turnaround. Eight unanswered scores put the home team into the driving seat.
Grange did grab another three-pointer from Colm Rafferty, but their hosts finished the stronger with another four points in a row.
Pearse Og 0-8 Clan na Gael 3-19
Clan na Gael were huge winners over Pearse Og on Sunday as they picked up their first points of the year.
The visiting side netted twice in the opening half through Mel Patterson and Michael Toland to lead 2-13 to 0-3 at the interval.
Niall McCann added another goal for the Clans after the turnaround as they ran out 20-point winners.