Division 1A & 1B Match Reports – Week 16

Division 1A – Harps 1-16 Madden 1-13

Harps kept their league title aspirations on track as they defeated Madden to go joint top of the Division 1A league.

A great second half comeback turned the game around, coming from five points down at the halfway stage.

Conor Grimley took the majority of the Madden scores while Karol Loughran, Marty McCoy and Charlie Vernon raised white flags for the Harps in the first half. 0-10 to 0-5.

The home side rallied at the beginning of the second half hitting 1-4 without reply. Darragh Murphy claimed the all-important three-pointer.

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Loughran (2), Tom O’Kane and Conor Murphy all split the posts while Grimley replied for the Raparees with a goal.

Loughran (free) and Ryan McKeown put the Harps one ahead before scores from O’Kane (2) and Conor Lavery opened up a four-point gap.

Two Grimley frees kept Madden in touch before Tommy Turley and O’Kane confirmed victory for Harps.

Benny O’Kane’s men take on Killeavy next Friday evening in a winner takes all league decider.

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Maghery 2-13 Crossmaglen 0-14

Maghery defeated Crossmaglen on Sunday to ease their relegation fears heading into the final round of action.

Two goals from Kevin Robinson and Ciaran Higgins either side of half time earned victory for the Loughshore men.

Robinson got the game up and running with a free before Daniel Cumiskey equalised for Crossmaglen.

Seanie McConville and Oisin Cushnahan traded scores before Maghery struck a decisive blow with the first goal.

Brian McIlmurray’s long ball in was palmed down by Brian Fox and Robinson coolly slotted a low shot to the net.

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Dara O’Callaghan’s response was cancelled out by Cushnahan (free) who hit his third to open up a four-point margin.

Robinson tapped over another, but Cross began to take control of the contest, led by full forward Jamie Clarke.

Ronan Fitzpatrick opened his account while Clarke (two), O’Callaghan and Callum Cumiskey split the posts to tie the game.

Maghery tagged on two late scores through Aidan and Stefan Forker to lead at the break 1-7 to 0-8.

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Cumiskey split two Robinson points before Maghery claimed a second goal. This time it was Ciaran Higgins who drove the ball to the back of the net.

Clarke and Robinson exchanged frees while O’Callaghan and Aaron Kernan cut the gap to four-points.

Cushnahan and Brian Fox restored Maghery’s six-point advantage. Paul Hughes and Fox cancelled each other out before Kernan (free) tapped over the last score of the day.

The last ten minutes turned into a niggly affair with four red cards flashed, but that didn’t reflect the good-natured game of football it was.

Division 1B

Ballymacnab 0-12 Silverbridge 1-8

Ballymacnab had already won the league before throw in but continued their unbeaten run against promotion contenders Silverbridge.

The Nab made the brighter start, with Kieran Hughes, Ryan Watters (free) and Pearse Hughes getting them off the mark.

Oisin Martin traded scores with Rory Grugan while Paddy Reel did likewise with Paul Kennedy and Pearse Hughes.

Grugan and Martin tagged on another point each before the short whistle. Nab ahead at the break 0-7 to 0-4.

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Murphy and Watters cancelled each other out while Martin and Kennedy exchanged scores before the first goal of the game.

A mistake in the Ballymacnab defence allowed Fionnan Burns to walk the ball into an empty net and tie the score.

Kieran Hughes and Kennedy tagged on scores to get the Nab back in front before Burns halved the deficit.

Pearse Hughes and Sean Rock matched each other with a point apiece as the Nab edged through with one to spare.

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Clan na Gael 3-16 Sarsfields 2-9

This game really kicked into life after the turnaround as all five goals came after the half time interval.

Clans led for the majority of the match, but it was all square during the opening exchanges with Paul McGeown and Shane McPartland hitting two points each.

Diarmaid Loney and Eamon McGeown traded scores before a Michael Toland brace put the hosts ahead.

McPartland exchanged efforts with Paul McGaughey and Thomas McAlinden before three on the trot from McPartland, Toland and Loney put the Clans 9-5 up at the break.

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The second half opened with a goal through Stefan Campbell, but Sarsfields replied with a Niall Kerr point.

McPartland continued his score spree while Lennox Camara hit the net with a second goal for the home side.

Toland, Campbell and Matthew Lennon added further scores to open up a 14-point margin midway through the half.

Eamon McGeown and McAlinden traded scores with Toland while Niall McCann did likewise with McGeown.

Paul Magee added another for the High Moss men which was matched by Toland before Sarsfields grabbed two goals of their own.

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Eamon McGeown hit 1-1 in the closing stages while Kevin McAlinden also raised a green flag, but the result was beyond doubt at that stage.

Mullaghbawn are still in the running for a promotion place as they defeated Pearse Og 1-13 to 1-8.

St Patrick’s saw off Carrickcruppen on Friday to relegate last year’s Intermediate championship winners.

Sarsfields bounced back from the Clan na Gael defeat on Sunday with a 4-10 to 3-11 win over the Ogs.