Hurling Championship Previews – Round Two

Senior Championship

Craobh Rua v Keady

The two winners from the opening round of the championship face off this evening in an early top of the table clash.

Craobh Rua won their first ever Senior Championship match last week when they came from behind to overcome Cuchulainns.

A second half Tiarnan O’Hare goal turned the tide in favour of the Camlough men, who trailed by five at the break.

The 2021 Ulster Junior champions will face a step up tonight when they take on Keady, who are tipped as the main challengers to Middletown’s throne.

Declan Napier’s side cruised to victory on the opening day when they saw off Derrynoose by 15-points.

Goals from the unstoppable Conor Corvan, Odhran Fullerton and Tomas Gavin eased Keady to victory.

Their once again away from home but head into the encounter as favourites. Craobh Rua are surely on a high at the minute which should make for an entertaining game.

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Cuchulainns v Middletown

The reigning championship Middletown had a bye in round one, so they’ll open their 2022 account this evening.

It’s a repeat of the 2020 championship decider, which Middletown won on their way to achieving three in a row.

Nathan Curry and Dean Gaffney split ten-points between them that day and they remain two dangermen in Middletown’s arsenal.

Paul and Shea Gaffney along with Kieran McKernan and Tiarnan Nevin will hope to keep the home sides attacking unit quiet.

Paddy McBride and Odhran Curry are perhaps the best centerfield pairing in the county and will also take some watching.

Cuchulainns will be disappointed they didn’t pick up a win last week and will be up against it this evening.

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Junior Championship

Keady II v Sean Treacy’s

Three goals from SP Gibney, Conor Shortt and Lee McParland handed Keady II an opening day win against Killeavy.

They’ll once again enjoy the comforts of playing on home soil this evening but will be expecting a bigger test.

Sean Treacy’s are the early favourites for the Junior Championship, having claimed the title in 2019.

Two seasons at senior level didn’t bring much success but they have a squad that will give the Junior Championship a good rattle.

2021 County Hurler of the Year Danny Magee is their main marksman with Michael Doran pulling the strings at 11.

Joint captain with Doran, Odhran McCann calls the shots in defence and the Lurgan men will be out to get their campaign off to a winning start.

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Killeavy v Cuchulainns II

Two sides that are coming off the back of opening day defeats, both will hope to get their first win of the campaign this evening.

Killeavy fell to Keady IIs last Tuesday when three goals for the hosts decided the encounter. Killeavy will hope to make home advantage count this weekend.

Cuchulainns IIs lost out by the minimum of margins in the first round away to St Malachy’s Portadown.

They held a two-point lead at the short whistle but couldn’t keep their noses in front in a tight second half.