St Paul’s v Clonmore Match Preview

Shane McConville has St Paul’s moving in the right direction and they are one of the big hitters in the Intermediate Championship.

He guided them to Intermediate glory eight years ago and is back to work his magic once again with his home club.

McConville took the Lurgan men to third in the Division 2A table, three points behind champions Shane O’Neill’s.

They have an abundance of talent up front, led by 2009 All-Ireland winning minor Andrew Murnin.

The likes of Eoin McConville, Antoin McParland and Ryan Lawless are also well fit to carry the forward line should Murnin be needed further out the field.

With his leap and fetching ability, Murnin will certainly be out around the middle for a period of the game. But where he spends most of his time is anyone’s guess.

Peadar Nash, a Club All-Star winner in 2020, is still going strong while captain Niall McCorry will lead from midfield. But Ruairi Grimes will be a big miss at the back.

Clonmore have a massive task ahead of them on Sunday and they’ve experienced a poor year up to now.

Andrew Murnin is a key player for St Paul's
Photo Credit: John Merry
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They were relegated to Division Three for next year, having earned promotion back in 2019 by winning the league.

They’ve also had a change in management with Gerry Cunningham replacing Paddy Morrison mid-season.

Clonmore won just three games all year, and drew two, but can still call upon some quality players to help up their game.

Brendan Donaghy is still doing the business and a bit like Murnin, could pop up literally anywhere on the field.

Brendan Donaghy will have to be at the peak of his powers if Clonmore are to have a chance of beating St Paul's
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Caolan Donaghy is on the outskirts of the Armagh panel while Sean Quigley is a former county minor.

James Grimley is still one of their best attacking players alongside Ryan Donnelly and Caolan Cunningham.

St Paul’s should win this, but Clonmore are a club full of pride and passion and they won’t go down without a fight.