Both St Peter’s and Annaghmore were relegated from the Senior division last year and both had very different campaigns in 2022.
Annaghmore have competed at the top level since winning the Junior Championship back in 2013.
The star men of that team remain the star men of today. Annaghmore will look to their former county panellist to add a bit of quality.
While the MacIomhair brothers, Oisin and Ciaran, along with Matthew McNiece are essential parts of Annaghmore’s makeup, Tomas McCormack is the one to watch.
One to watch
His talent and ability is far from a secret at this stage. His performances earned him a county call up last year.
That experience of training at a higher level and along with the best in the county will have surely brough him on.
A lot will come through him on Sunday. The big question is, can Annaghmore offer him enough support to cause St Peter’s trouble?
It’ll be impossible for him to do it all on his own. That’s where the MacIomhair’s and McNeice’s experience is vital.
Connor Cullen could also play a part, but he’s been bothered by a shoulder injury sustained in last year’s championship.
St Peter’s travel to the Athletic Grounds this weekend as unbackable favourites given what happened in the league.
Davy Wilson’s side were Shane O’Neill’s’ closest competitors while Annaghmore fell into the relegation zone.
When the sides met in the final round of the league, the Lurgan lads were out of sight well before the final whistle.
They won 6-18 to 0-8 and Niall McConville along with Aaron Findon remain the top players for the whites.
If the gulf between the teams based on that game is to be believed, then it’s just a case of showing up for St Peter’s.
But Annaghmore won’t be travelling to make up the numbers and will be out to give it their best shot. Whether or not that’s good enough, time will tell.