2022 End of Year Review – Division 1B

Ballymacnab claimed the Division 1B league title while Mullaghbawn earned promotion to the top tier for next season.


Ballymacnab won the Division 1B title with a few games to spare but came up short in their championship quest.

The Nab only lost once throughout the league, in the last round against Mullaghbawn, and earned promotion.

In the championship they saw off St Patrick’s before falling to Maghery after extra time in the championship.

Safety will be the number one priority in 2023 and the Round Towers will hope to push on in the championship.

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Carrickcruppen will be disappointed with the fact that they are back into Intermediate football and 2022 was a tough season.

They played the majority of the league without their county duo of Blaine Hughes and Eoin Woods. Plus, injuries went against them as well.

They were drawn against Clan na Gael in the championship and gave a good performance but came up short in the end.

Barry Flynn’s men will immediately be one of the favourites for IFC glory next season and will be a test for anyone in Division 2A.

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Clan na Gael

A team on the rise and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before Clan na Gael are challenging for championship honours.

They missed out on promotion this season but gave two really impressive performances in the championship.

They overcame Carrickcruppen before tasting an extra time defeat to Killeavy in the SFC quarter final.

Diarmaid Marsden has since stepped aside, with former Down coach Ronan McMahon replacing him at the hotseat.

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Not the best of seasons for Grange as they failed to offer a real promotion challenge throughout the league.

Without Ethan Rafferty and Justin Kieran for a large chunk of the campaign, Grange really struggled.

That lack of momentum and form showed in the championship when they were hugely disappointing against Madden.

Former Pearse Og midfielder Chris Rafferty will be the manager next season and he’ll hope to help Grange find some consistency.

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Mullaghbawn earned promotion to the topflight and dethroned the county champions Clann Eireann this season.

They were the only team to overcome Ballymacnab in the league and secured their spot in second place.

That momentum carried them through to a huge win over Clann Eireann in the championship, but Mullaghbawn lost to Granemore in the last eight.

Peter McDonnell will remain in charge and the objective will be the solidify their status and give the championship another crack.

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Pearse Og

Pearse Ogs never got up and running in 2022 and ultimately paid the price with relegation to Division 2A.

The Ogs won just once all season, against St Patrick’s, and finished bottom of the league table after 16 games.

They offered a decent performance in the opening round of the championship, running eventual finalists Granemore close.

Ex-Belleek boss Garreth Thornton will lead the charge next season and the Ogs will hope to bounce right back up.

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Sarsfields were pushing for promotion until the final few rounds when their challenge ultimately slipped away.

They ended up finishing mid-table and will hope to push towards the top end of the table next season.

Their championship campaign lasted one game when they crashed out against Dromintee in round one.

Brendan Hughes, who is also the Armagh minor manager, will enjoy a second year at the helm.

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Silverbridge were on the cusp of promotion to the top tier but just lost out on the final day of the league campaign.

They did have a number of super performances however and showed real quality against Crossmaglen in the championship.

They gave the Rangers arguably their toughest test in the championship. A late black card dented their chances of causing an upset.

Highly rated coach Colm Nally, who coached Meath to two recent Leinster finals, has been appointed their manager for next year.

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St Patrick’s

A really tough year for Cullyhanna, who struggled throughout the league without their county contingent.

With Aidan Nugent, Jason Duffy and Ross McQuillan all absent for the majority of the league, St Pat’s were always in deep trouble.

They suffered relegation to Intermediate football but will be huge challengers for championship glory next year.

Stephen Reel remains in the hotseat and St Patrick’s will be out to retain their senior status.

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