Senior Championship – One to watch

Who are the players worth keeping an eye on throughout the Senior Championship? We’ve picked one from each club.

Armagh Harps: Luke McKeever

McKeever is one of a number of exciting youngsters that the Harps have coming through their senior ranks.

The sharpshooter has been on Armagh minor and u20 teams in recent years and offers the Harps a potent attacking threat.

Ballymacnab: Finnen Maguire

Maguire missed out on a number of seasons for the men in maroon after a tough few years through injury.

After two ACL surgeries, the midfielder is back in the fold for Ballymacnab and has a full league campaign under his belt.

Clan na Gael: Callum O’Neill

O’Neill was the captain of the Armagh minors last season and was a key player for the u20s in 2023.

Most comfortable at wing half back, the talented youngster can really play anywhere and well fit to kick a score.

Clann Eireann: Ryan Owens

After a nightmare few seasons through injury, Owens is back on the field for Clann Eireann and back playing well.

Owens is a teak tough defender that is as comfortable on the ball as he is man-marking at the back.

Crossmaglen: Oisin O’Neill

O’Neill didn’t play a minute of the 2022 club championship and missed Armagh’s entire season.

But he’s back now and will be keen to make up for lost time and is a huge boost to the reigning champions.

Dromintee: Jack McArdle

McArdle broke into the Dromintee team last season and had a huge influence on them men reaching the last eight.

He hit 0-2 against Sarsfields while his equalising score against Crossmaglen forced the game into extra time.

Granemore: Kieran Toner

Having retired last season, Toner returned to the fold this year to try and get Granemore over the line in the championship.

Toner brings a massive amount of experience and will be an option in defence, midfield or even at full forward.

Grange: Jake Toal

Toal missed the majority of last season for Grange through injury but is back this year under Chris Rafferty.

The dual player, who won a Hurling College All-Star last year, will be a major addition to the Grange team.

Killeavy: Gareth Murphy

Murphy is an exciting prospect coming through the Killeavy ranks having made the senior step-up last year.

The rookie is a great man-on-man defender and can play out the field too. He will be a crucial part of Tommy Coleman’s team in the championship.

Who are the players worth keeping an eye on throughout the Senior Championship? We’ve picked one from each club.
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Madden: Patrick Carr

In the absence of Niall Grimley, Carr has taken over the mantle of Madden’s main fielder around the middle of the park.

Carr made a number of good outings for Barry O’Hagan’s u20s and carried that form into the club campaign.

Maghery: Padraig O’Keefe

O’Keefe is only a youngster embarking on his first year with the seniors but has fit right in straight away.

He had a couple of really good games in the league and will help bolster Maghery’s scoring options in the championship.

Mullaghbawn: Patrick McAteer

McAteer is as comfortable charging forward with the ball as he is stopping it from hitting the back of his net.

The Mullaghbawn goalkeeper has really grown into the role and is one of the best in the county at the minute.

Sarsfields: James McAlinden

Former Armagh minor, u-20 and senior county panellist James McAlinden is one of the leaders in the Sarsfields side.

He plays an important role in their defensive structure, can attack when required, and man-mark if called upon.

Who are the players worth keeping an eye on throughout the Senior Championship? We’ve picked one from each club.
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Shane O’Neill’s: Ruairi O’Brien

The Man of the Match in last year’s Intermediate Championship final, O’Brien is a quality forward for Shane O’Neill’s.

He was hugely impressive in his first championship campaign last year and will be one of their main men once again.

Silverbridge: Sean Conlon

The Armagh u20 captain this season, Conlon led Silverbridge to the Division Two u19 championship title in 2022.

His versatility is a vital quality as Conlon can do any job on the field and is well able to kick a score as well.

St Peter’s: Aaron Findon

The former Armagh midfielder is the captain of the St Peter’s team and is a real leader within the squad.

Frank Fitzsimmons side enjoyed an excellent league campaign, finishing in third place in Division 1B.