Division 2B & 3B Match Reports – Week 18

Division 2B

Culloville 2-11 Belleek 2-8

Culloville earned promotion to Division 2A and will go up as league champions following their victory on Sunday.

The Blues defeated Belleek by three points to finish top of the table and stretch their winning streak to seven in a row.

Two early goals from Steven McCreesh and Fergal Rowland got Culloville off to a flying start.

Belleek mounted a spirit second half comeback but the gap at the start of the second period was too big to close.

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Ryan Garvey fired over the first point of the game 19 minutes in to put Culloville 2-1 to no score ahead.

Sean McCreesh eventually opened Belleek’s account, but his effort was cancelled out by a Dara Quinn free.

Niall Rowland traded scores with Ronan Davies while Quinn did similar with Stephen Finnegan. Culloville led at the break 2-4 to 0-3.

Culloville furthered their advantage with the first three scores after the turnaround from Quinn, Colm Watters and King.

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A Sean McCreesh brace sandwiched Watters’ second before Belleek were handed a huge lifeline with a Gary Boyle goal.

Drew McVerry equalled Garvey’s effort while Davies grabbed another three-point for Belleek. Cutting the margin to just three points.

Callum O’Neill added another score but two great points from Garvey near the end guaranteed victory for Culloville.

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Tir na nOg 2-15 Cross II 2-9

It was hugely unlikely that Tir na nOg weren’t going to be promoted even if they lost, but the Portadown men were leaving nothing to chance.

They overcame Crossmaglen by six in the end to grab the second promotion spot to Division 2A for next season.

The sides were evenly matched early on but Tir na nOg held the advantage at the break with Zion McKernan’s second opening up a four-point lead. 0-7 to 0-3 at the short whistle.

The introduction of Keelan Dooley helped spark some life into Cross but a Leo Monteiro goal furthered Tir na nOg’s lead.

Cross grabbed a three-pointer of their own, but Joe Hendron matched it as he raised a green flag for the hosts.

Marc Davidson and Johnny McKeever traded scores, as did Hendron and Dooley. A penalty from Shane Gallagher closed the gap for the visitors.

Jamie McAleenan saw his final point matched by Pearse Blessing as Tir na nOg saw out a six-point victory.

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Forkhill 1-11 Keady 0-13

Both sides headed into the game with the threat of relegation looming large and despite the result, both achieved their goal of remaining in the division.

Keady opened up a two-point lead before a Jemar Hall doubled levelled the game. Barry Shannon put Forkhill ahead as a Keady brace saw the lead change hands again.

The sides were matched score for score for the remainder of the half and drew level at half time. The two teams tied on 0-7 apiece.

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Hall hit two at the start of the second half to edge the hosts ahead before Marcus McKeown rattled the net.

Keady cut the deficit to two, but Eoghan-Roe O’Neill restored Forkhill’s three-point advantage.

The visiting side tagged on the final two scores of the game. They couldn’t get the equalling score that would get them something out of the match.

The defeat saw Keady finish on level points with Collegeland. But due to the head-to-head rule, it was Collegeland who suffered relegation.

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Collegeland 1-14 Clonmore 2-11

Collegeland needed to win to remain in the division but could only come away with a draw against neighbours Clonmore.

Paraic McGeary opened the scoring but saw his early effort cancelled out by Clonmore’s Phillip Mullen.

Scores from Tyrone and Brian McGeary put Collegeland ahead before Cahal Cunningham and Caolan Donaghy levelled the score.

The game remained evenly matched throughout the half and was tied at the interval 0-6 each.

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Caolan Cunningham put Clonmore in front with a free while James Mackle levelled the score once again.

James Grimley punched home the first goal before Caolan Cunningham nailed a second as Clonmore turned the kickout over and Cunningham lopped the keeper.

Cahal Cunningham opened up a seven-point gap before five in a row for the hosts narrowed the margin.

Cathal McCracken punched home a goal for Collegeland to put the home side one-point ahead and leave a nervy final few minutes.

Three in a row from Clonmore put them two in front but scores from Jason Kelly and Tyrone McGeary saw the game finish all square.

Division 3B

Killeavy IIs overcame Thomas Davis on Friday evening to be crowned Division 3B league winners.

Killeavy came from five points down at one stage to turn it around and win by three in the end. 0-15 to 0-12.

Mullabrack ended their campaign with a win as they saw off Clady 1-9 to 0-11 last Wednesday evening.