u21 Championship Reports – Week One

u21 Senior Championship

Six goals, three in each half, saw Crossmaglen overcome Armagh Harps by 13 points in the first round of the u21 championship.

The Harps actually raised the first green flag of the day, but Cross followed up with six of their own to claim an opening day win.

The Rangers flew into a 5-1 lead before James Walsh punched the ball to the net for the home side to close the gap.

But Cross responded in perfect fashion with thee goals in five minutes. Aaron O’Neill set up Aaron Haughey for the first major.

O’Neill then hit the net after a one-two with James Teelan before repaying the favour and playing through Teelan for a three-pointer.

The Harps tagged on three further points through Tadgh Grimley, Eoin Murtagh and Walsh before Teelan pointed. That left Cross ahead 3-6 to 1-4 at half time.

Walsh and Bernard Cassidy traded scores at the start of the second half before Cross were reduced to 14 men as Ryan Martin, who had a fantastic game, picked up a black card.

Harps made the advantage count with four of the next five scores, but the Cross score was a goal through Caolan Dooley.

The sides traded scores before Dooley hit a second goal followed by a second from O’Neill, which Dooley assisted.

Crossmaglen finished with points from Dara O’Callaghan and Cassidy as they claimed a 6-10 to 1-12 victory.

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u21 Intermediate Championship

Culloville were huge 21 point winners over Ballymacnab in the opening round of the u21 Intermediate championship.

A goal within the first sixty second from Conor Flanagan set the tone as Culloville had 1-4 on the board before the Nab opened their account through Conor McKee.

Culloville added two more goals with Dara Quinn and Taidgh O’Neill rattled the net. Simon King added a major for the hosts, who trailed 3-9 to 1-2 at half time.

King added a point after the turnaround but the Blues fired over three goals in a row, two from Aaron Hatzer and another through Ciaran Connolly.

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McKee and Shea O’Toole exchanged efforts with Quinn as Culloville ran out easy winners in the end, 6-14 to 1-8.

Elsewhere, Carrickcruppen picked up a first round win on home turf as they saw off Forkhill with 12 points to spare.

It was an evenly matched first half as the sides headed into the break all square. However, goals from Christian Cunningham, Eoin Kane and Eoin Powell gave the hosts a comfortable win.

Tir na nOg proved too strong for St Peter’s as they earned a 7-19 to 3-6 win while Dromintee defeated Naomh Colum 3-10 to 1-3.