Under 19 Division One Final – Crossmaglen v Mullaghbawn

Crossmaglen and Mullaghbawn will battle it out for the under 19 Division One championship title on Sunday.

The Rangers have a number of players that picked up Senior Championship medals this season when they defeated Granemore in the decider.

Conor Deery, the Crossmaglen netminder, made his championship debut in their first-round provincial loss to Ballybay.

Captain Thomas Duffy was one of the stars for the seniors this year and he’s the commanding figure in defence.

Ronan Fitzpatrick had an eye-catching season in the black and amber, as did Caolan Finnegan in the forward line.

Caolan Finnegan in action for Crossmaglen
Photo Credit: John Merry

Finnegan’s three-pointer in the semi-finals saw Stephen Kernan’s men through to the under 19 showpiece as they edged past Madden by the minimum.

Also, up front is Aaron O’Neill, younger brother of Crossmaglen and Armagh stars Oisin and Rian O’Neill.

Aaron was in action already this week. He lined out at full forward for St Coleman’s in their MacRory Cup defeat to OLSS Castleblayney, hitting 0-5 on the day.

The likes of Aaron Haughey, Harry Cumiskey and Bernard Cassidy are others worth keeping an eye on.

Aaron O'Neill is a key forward for Crossmaglen
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps


For Mullaghbawn, goals from full forward Jason Murphy and Aaron Tavey made all their difference in their last four clash.

Rory McDonnell’s men saw off Killeavy 2-9 to 0-11 to set up Sunday’s showdown with neighbours Crossmaglen.

Murphy hit another two goals against Armagh Harps in the quarter final. Cathal Feely and Pierce Quinn also raised green flags in their 4-5 to 0-9 victory.

Ruairi O’Brien is one of their star players and has played for Armagh at minor and under 20 level over the last few years.

Mullaghbawn senior goalkeeper and Armagh panellist Patrick McAteer lines out at centerfield for under 19 side.

Both sides will be vying for the title, and this is a game that could go right to the last whistle.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps