Missing Men – Senior Championship

A number of clubs are missing key men as we enter the business end of the season, with the upcoming championship.

Reigning champions Crossmaglen, who reclaimed their title after back-to-back final defeats, could be without two big names.

James Morgan hasn’t played since Armagh beat Westmeath in the All-Ireland group stages, while Stephen Morris is also injured.

Also in Group D, Mullaghbawn are without their talismanic midfielder Eoghan McDonnell. He is set to miss the rest of the season.

Declan Loye, Mullaghbawn’s star man when they beat Clann Eireann last season, has signed for Warrenpoint FC. That could curtail his championship involvement.

Division 1A league winners Clann Eireann have been without their 2021 championship winning captain Shea Heffron all year.

Heffron has gone travelling and will be a big miss, as will keeper Eoghan Mulholland, who is off to Australia.

A number of clubs are missing key men as we enter the business end of the season, with the upcoming championship.
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Granemore look set to be without joint-captain Darren Carr. A persistent knee problem means the defender can no longer play outfield, but he will be the sub keeper for the championship.

They meet Grange in the opening round and Chris Rafferty’s side have been badly hit with injuries in recent weeks.

Ethan Rafferty is out for the rest of the season having picked up an ankle injury in the final league game.

Andrew O’Hagan is also out due to an ACL injury. Grange are already minus Cathal McKenna and Diarmaid Rafferty as both are in Australia.

Retirements

Phillip McEvoy answered the Dromintee call last season but has since stepped back in retirement. Former Ballymacnab captain Michael Beagan also retired at the start of the year.

2009 All-Ireland winning minor James Donnelly retired at the beginning of the season and is a miss for Killeavy.

Also in Group A, Maghery will be without a number of their stalwarts. James Lavery made a dramatic return to the fold last year but hasn’t been involved in 2023.

A number of clubs are missing key men as we enter the business end of the season, with the upcoming championship.
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Towering midfield Ronan Lappin suffered a broken leg in their last league game which will keep him sidelined.

His younger brother Oisin has retired while Brian Fox, 2020 Club Player of the Year, has relocated to Dublin.

Madden will be minus the versatile Barry Mallon, who suffered the dreaded ACL tear, but Niall Grimley is on the mend.

Armagh Harps are planning without a couple of experienced heads. 2008 Ulster Championship winner Charlie Vernon retired at the start of the season.

Karol Loughran, a Senior Championship winner with the Harps in 2017, has relocated to Australia and has missed the full season.

Silverbridge remain without Sean Garvey while Shane O’Neill’s will try to replace the McCabe brothers, Mark and Eamon, who are both out of the country.

A number of clubs are missing key men as we enter the business end of the season, with the upcoming championship.
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