The Intermediate Championship gets underway this weekend and we’ve taken a look at some of the players that are worth keeping an eye on.
Annaghmore: Oisin MacIomhair
MacIomhair was Annaghmore’s main scorer when they were competing at senior level and remains their best forward.
His scoring talents up front helped Dessie McCormack’s side earn promotion from Division 2B to Division 2A.
Belleek: Sean McCreesh
Despite featuring in just three championship games last season, McCreesh finished the campaign as the Intermediate Championship top scorer.
He was at his accurate best as Belleek saw off Forkhill (after a replay) before losing to Tullysaran in the quarter final.
Carrickcruppen: Blaine Hughes
Hughes picked up a Club All-Star award, as a goalie, for helping Carrickcruppen win the Intermediate Championship two years ago.
He operated out the field during the league but will likely returning to his usual spot between the sticks for the championship.
Cross II: Rico Kelly
After a year away from the black and amber, Kelly is back in the middle of the field for Crossmaglen IIs.
Kelly carries a wealth of experience with him and remains one of the main players in the Rangers ranks.
Culloville: Taidgh O’Neill
O’Neill is one of a number of youngsters that have made the breakthrough within Culloville in the last few years.
He’s an accurate attacker up top and his fetching ability makes him a danger on the edge of the square or in midfield.
Derrynoose: Conor McNally
Missed out on most of the 2022 season through injury although he played a vital role in Derrynoose winning the JFC.
He’s back to full fitness this year and back to his scoring best. McNally remains Derrynoose’s main man.
Forkhill: Eoghan Roe O’Neill
O’Neill came onto the scene last season and made a lasting impression in their two championship games against Belleek.
He’s pushed on again in 2023 and his midfield partnership with Stephen Sheridan will be key for Forkhill.
Keady: Shea Harvey
Harvey is one of a number of youngsters that have come through the Keady ranks in recent years and is both a talented footballer and hurler.
Simon McGeary’s men were crowned Division 2B league champions and Harvey played a key role in their campaign.
Middletown: Sean Og McGuinness
Middletown’s dual star has a busy summer ahead of him as he’s one of the main men for the hurling and football teams.
McGuinness is a scoring threat for both codes and for the footballers, he’ll be one of the go-to men up front.
Pearse Og: Rhys Stevens
The Ogs are a team in transition that are blooding through a number of younger players, just like Rhys Stevens.
He’s played a few years at senior level and was part of the Armagh u20 panel this season. Stevens is a great addition to the Ogs attack.
St Patrick’s: Tony Donnelly
Donnelly returned home from New York last season and while he wasn’t eligible for the championship, he is this year.
He played a number of different positions for Cullyhanna in Division 2A and could line out anywhere for them.
St Paul’s: Eoin McConville
McConville enjoyed a superb campaign for St Paul’s last season and remains one of the sharpest attackers at this level.
He top scored for the Lurgan men on their run to the Intermediate Championship final last season with 1-10.
Tir na nOg: Oisin Conaty
Conaty was Tir na nOg’s one to watch last season but unfortunately soccer commitments meant he didn’t feature in the championship.
But he showed his worth in the orange and white this season and will be a huge player for the Portadown men.
Tullysaran: James Madden
Madden is usually handed the task of picking up the oppositions best player, a role that he excels in.
He moved to full back to mark Andrew Murnin last year but will likely line out at midfield in the championship.
Whitecross: Cathal McSherry
Back out of retirement, McSherry certainly didn’t lose his touch and is a huge scoring threat for Whitecross.
His 1-5 against Forkhill saw Whitecross fend off relegation fears and he remains their go-to attacker up front.
Wolfe Tones: Caolan Skelton
Skelton made the switch from Sarsfields at the start of the season and is a huge addition to the Tones teams.
He has plenty of experience at senior level and will offer a real scoring threat up front for Peter Nugent’s side.