McConville hoping to make it third time lucky

Eoin McConville will lead St Paul’s into their third county final in four years this Sunday as they take on Cullyhanna.

McConville, joint captain with midfield partner Niall McCorry, hopes hit’s third time lucky for his side.

They were convincingly beaten by Clan na Gael in 2020. Last year, a late Shane O’Neill goal robbed St Paul’s of the title.

“After last year, you couldn’t write it,” said McConville on Armagh TV after their semi-final. “But we’ve came back and we’re into another final again, it’s our third in four years.

“We’re just trying to go one step further this year and learn from the mistakes of last year and hopefully get over the line this time.”

Murnin Magic

With Andrew Murnin on the edge of the square, they always have a chance. The All-Star nominee claimed a hattrick of goals in their six-point win over Keady.

“When you have someone like Andrew in there, he can score a goal from anything and we’re happy to have him.

“He’s just something else. Even in training and that, the things he can do. Having someone like that in Intermediate, it’s a real big plus for us.

“There are no real defenders in Ireland that can mark him never mind in Armagh Intermediate football.

“But I suppose when you have two or three men on in, it’s just about giving him the right ball because if you give him the right ball, nine times out of ten he’ll put it in the back of the net.”

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St Paul’s know they are in for a real battle when they face Cullyhanna this weekend. “Cullyhanna are the test of the championship,” noted McConville.

“They’re the team to beat no doubt about it. They were the favourites going into this year. They’ve got the three big county players, but we can’t be scared of them.

“The last game of the league we went with a lot of men down and they nearly had a full outfit and we ended up winning that day.”