Intermediate Championship Match Reports – Round One

Tullysaran 1-19 Cross II 1-10

Eddie Mallon and Gavin Conlon hit a combined total of 0-17 as Tullysaran reached the next round of the Intermediate Championship.

The pair were simply unplayable throughout as Tullysaran eventually shook off a Crossmaglen side that were well up for the game.

The Rangers were awarded a penalty within the homing minute, coolly slotted home by Colin O’Connor.

It was pretty much score for score for the rest of the half, with Cross ahead 1-8 to 0-9 at the break.

Colin O'Connor scored the first goal of the championship
Photo Credit: John Merry

The opening ten minutes of the second half was much the same, with the teams matching each other on the scoreboard.

Eventually Tullysaran began to turn the screw and they hit six points on the trot to got four ahead.

Miceal McCabe tagged one on for Cross, but they were dealt a huge blow when defender Ryan Duffy picked up a black card.

James Madden became the third Tullysaran player to score while Mark McKeever rattled off a quick fire 1-1.

Conlon edged over the final score of the night to comfortably see Tullysaran through to the championship quarter finals.

Tullysaran Scores: Eddie Mallon 0-9 (3f), Gavin Conlon 0-8 (4f), Mark McKeever 1-1, James Madden 0-1.

Cross II Scorers: Colin O’Connor 1-2 (1pen), Jamie Carlisle 0-3 (3f), Miceal McCabe 0-3 (2f), Ronan Finnegan 0-1, Caolan Dooley 0-1.

Gavin Conlon hit 0-8 as Tullysaran got their championship up and running with a win
Photo Credit: Diarmuid McGurk

Wolfe Tones 0-8 Tir na nOg 0-7

Tir na nOg claimed the last four points of the game, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the Intermediate Championship.

Both teams were extremely wasteful throughout, but Wolfe Tones were the better team on the night.

They led by one at the break but should have been further ahead. Midfielder James Lavery saw his penalty effort crash off the inside of the post.

His centerfield partner Caolan Farrell swung over the final score of the half to put the Tones ahead 4-3.

Jamie Haughey stretched that lead straight from the second half throw in as the Tones looked to pull away.

Scores from Josh Megorran and a Niall Dummigan double put Peter Nugent’s side 8-3 up heading into the final quarter.

The Portadown men fought back through Conor Larkin, Marc Davidson, Diarmuid Tennyson and Jonathan McGurgan.

Larkin had a chance to level it but his free dropped shot and Wolfe Tones survived to progress to the last eight of the championship.

Wolfe Tones Scorers: Jamie Haughey 0-2, Josh Megorran 0-2, Niall Dummigan 0-2, James Lavery 0-1, Caolan Farrell 0-1.

Tir na nOg Scorers: Leo Monteiro 0-2, Conor Larkin 0-1, Marc Davidson 0-1, Diarmuid Tennyson 0-1, Jonathan McGurgan 0-1, Jamie McAleenan 0-1.

Photo Credit: Chris Totton

Shane O’Neill’s 5-8 Whitecross 0-7

Shane O’Neill’s, as expected, made it through to the next round of the championship but it certainly wasn’t all one-way traffic.

Whitecross never looked like winning the game and in the end their discipline cost them, but they were hugely competitive for 40 minutes.

The introduction of Ruairi O’Brien was an inspired one, as they youngster rattled off 2-1 to put his side seven points ahead.

Paul O’Rourke and Ryan Quinn added goals in the last ten minutes as the Division 2A league champions ran away with the result.

Shane O’Neill’s Scorers: Ruairi O’Brien 2-2 (2f), Paul O’Rourke 1-2, Mark McCabe 1-0, Ryan Quinn 1-0, Raymond Fitzpatrick 0-1, Aodhan Conlon 0-1 (1f), Odhran Doherty 0-1, Eamon McCabe 0-1.

Whitecross Scorers: Aidan Finnegan 0-3 (2f), Mark Shields 0-2, Eamon Reavey 0-1, Neil McSherry 0-1.

Paul O'Rourke helped Shane O'Neill's through to the championship quarter finals
Photo Credit: John Merry

Culloville 2-13 Keady 0-6

Culloville eased into the last eight with the minimum of fuss as they brushed aside Keady on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues sprinted into a 12-point lead before Keady got on the scoresheet, with goals from Taidgh O’Neill and Steven McCreesh.

Dara Quinn and Ryan Garvey ran riot for Kieran Hatzer’s side, who lead 2-10 to 0-3 at the short whistle.

Both sides hit three apiece after the turnaround. Quinn registered all of Culloville’s scores while James O’Hara (2) and Ryan McCabe split the posts for Keady.

Culloville Scorers: Dara Quinn 0-7 (5f), Ryan Garvey 0-4 (3f), Taidgh O’Neill 1-0, Steven McCreesh 1-0, Colm Watters 0-1, Fergal Kieran 0-1.

Keady Scorers: James O’Hara 0-2 (1f), Ryan McCabe 0-2, Odhran Fullerton 0-1, James King 0-1.

Ryan Garvey helped Culloville through to the championship quarter finals
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

St Paul’s 0-10 Clonmore 0-9

Scoring sprees at the start and the end of the game put Clonmore close to causing an upset, but in between times it was all St Paul’s on the scoring front.

Caolan Cunningham (2) and James Grimley put Clonmore 3-0 up after two minutes, but they would wait another 30 to get a fourth.

It took St Paul’s ten minutes to get off the mark but when they did, they hit seven in a row to lead 7-4 at half time.

Shane McConville’s side were 10-5 up with the game heading into the final ten minutes, but Clonmore clawed their way back.

James Grimley, who worked incredibly hard to inspire a Clonmore comeback, scored his second.

Cahal Cunningham, Caolan Cunningham and Paul O’Donnell all split the posts, but they couldn’t get the levelling score.

St Paul’s: Niall McCorry, Antoin McParland 0-2 (1f), Andrew Murnin 0-1, Peadar Nash 0-1, Niall McParland 0-1, Darragh Toal 0-1, Oisin Farquahar 0-1 (1f), Sean Toman 0-1.

Clonmore Scorers: Caolan Cunningham 0-4 (2f), James Grimley 0-2, Paul O’Donnell 0-2, Cahal Cunningham 0-1.

Andrew Murnin helped St Paul's through to the championship quarter finals
Photo Credit: John Merry

Collegeland 2-14 Ballyhegan 3-7

Collegeland edged past Ballyhegan by two points to make it through to the next round of the Intermediate Championship.

Two late goals from Ballyhegan brought them back into contention but Collegeland were full value for their win.

Collegeland’s goals both came from dead ball efforts. Stefan McKenna slotted home a penalty while Niall Brady’s long range free dropped into the back of the net.

Jack Rafferty nailed two of Ballyhegan’s three-pointers while James McCann added a late major.

Collegeland Scorers: Shane Donnelly 0-5, Tyrone McGeary 0-3, Niall Brady 1-0, Stefan McKenna 1-0, Cathair McGeary 0-2, Jason Kelly 0-2, Ruairi McGeary 0-1, Oliver Murphy 0-1.

Ballyhegan Scorers: Jack Rafferty 2-1, James McCann 1-1, Jonny McKeever 0-1, Peter McGrane 0-1, Paul McQuade 0-1, John Doherty 0-1, JP McKeever 0-1.

Photo Credit: Collegeland

St Peter’s 0-14 Annaghmore 1-8

St Peter’s made it past Annaghmore in a predictably tighter game than their most recent league meeting.

A fortunate Oisin MacIomhair goal gave Annaghmore an early lead and was the difference at the break. 1-6 to 0-6.

St Peter’s improved on the scoring front in the second half and five on the trot put them two to the good.

Connor Cullen swapped scores with Niall McConville and Oisin Ginesi before McConville clipped over the final score to see his side win by three.

St Peter’s Scorers: Niall McConville 0-4 (2f), Niall Creaney 0-4, Barry Creaney 0-2 (2f) Emmet Haughian 0-1, Shane O’Neill 0-1, Eugene Doran 0-1, Oisin Ginesi 0-1.

Annaghmore Scorers: Oisin MacIomhair 1-2 (2f), Connor Cullen 0-4 (3f), Matthew McNiece 0-1, Eoin Walsh 0-1 (1f).

Niall McConville helped St Peter's through to the championship quarter finals
Photo Credit: Chris Totton

Forkhill 3-12 Belleek 1-18

Extra time wasn’t enough to separate Forkhill and Belleek on Sunday as both served up a rip-roaring contest in the opening round of the championship.

A fortuitous Stephen Sheridan goal scored in the opening quarter gave the Forkhill men the ascendancy early on.

Belleek battled hard and scores from Sean McCreesh and Callum O’Neill levelled the score by half time. 1-3 to 0-6.

Finn McCormack then rattled the net for Forkhill, followed up by a Cormac Toner score, to put them three ahead.

But again, Belleek recovered and rattled off four in a row to tie the game. Conor Donaghy then hit a third major and suddenly Forkhill were back in control.

Forkhill and Belleek drew in the first round of the championship
Photo Credit: Belleek

Belleek wouldn’t lie down, and Mark McParland stood up to rattled home a goal and put them back in front.

Barry Shannon was called up to save the day and his late free brought the game to extra time. 3-8 to 1-14.

Belleek edged ahead by one at the interval as Forkhill lost both Stephen Sheridan (injury) and Cormac Toner (red card).

Another Shannon free near the end put Forkhill in front, but Belleek summoned one more opportunity.

James McParland was upended and McCreesh slotted over the final score to leave the sides all square. A replay will be needed to decide who makes it through to the last eight of the Intermediate Championship.

Forkhill Scorers: Stephen Sheridan 1-1, Finn McCormac 1-0, Conor Donaghy 1-0, Barry Shannon 0-5 (5f), Cormac Toner 0-3 (2f), Marcus McKeown 0-1, Eoghan Roe O’Neill 0-1, Owen Donaghy 0-1.

Belleek Scorers: Sean McCreesh 0-9 (7f), Mark McParland 1-3, Callum O’Neill 0-1, Conor McKevitt 0-1, Gary Boyle 0-1, Drew McVerry 0-1, Sean Og Boyle 0-1, James McParland 0-1.