Recent History – Armagh Harps v Maghery

Over the past decade or so, Maghery and Armagh Harps have been two of the big hitters in the Armagh Championship.

And because of that, they’ve clashed on a number of occasions, most notably the 2017 senior final.

the Loughshore men have held the upper hand in the two most recent meetings, while the Harps were the winners in 2017 and 2014.

2021: Maghery 1-8 Harps 0-9 (SFC Round One)

This looked to be the tie of the round when the two heavyweights clashed in last season’s championship.

Maghery, the reigning champions, started superbly. They built up a 0-7 to 0-1 lead during a dominant first half.

Brian Fox hit the net for the Loughshore men after half time as the Harps chipped away at the scoreboard.

Brian McIlmurray defended the Maghery square heroically and the city side couldn’t get the goal that would bring them back into the game.

Maghery defeated the Harps last year in the championship
Photo Credit: John Merry

2018: Maghery 0-12 Harps 0-11 (SFC Group Stages)

The pair met in the final round of the group stages, with the top spot up for grabs for the winner.

Harps made the better start, but it was Maghery, playing on home turf, that lead at the half time break.

Two was the difference at the interval, 0-7 to 0-5. The Harps looked like winning the game as a Charlie Vernon effort put them one up with ten minutes left.

Maghery, led by Stephen Cusack and Stefan Forker who hit 0-4 apiece, fought back to win by the minimum.

Maghery defeated the Harps in the championship in 2018
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2017: Harps 2-9 Maghery 0-11 (SFC Final)

Maghery were going for their second ever championship title and their second in a row when the sides met in 2017.

Having defeated Crossmaglen twice during the campaign, Shane McConville’s men were big favourites.

Things seemed to be going to plan during the opening period as Maghery led at the break 0-5 to 0-2.

Two goals from Ryan McShane and Ultan Lennon after the interval lead the Harps to their first senior title since 1991.

Harps beat Maghery in the 2017 championship final
Photo Credit: John Merry

2014: Harps 2-12 Maghery 1-9 (SFC Semi-Final)

A personal tally of 0-9 from Harps dangerman Ultan Lennon sent his side through to the championship final.

Maghery gained the upper hand in the first half. Paul Forker’s three-pointer had his side up 1-5 to 0-3.

Harps responded with an inspirational second half display, outscoring their opponents 2-9 to 0-4.

Paddy McCoy and Declan McKenna both hit the net to earn a six-point victory for the Harps.

Harps beat Maghery in the 2014 championship semi final
Photo Credit: John Merry