Culloville and Mullaghbawn contest u21 final

It’s an all-south Armagh tie in Cullyhanna on Saturday to decide the winners of the 2023 u21 Intermediate Championship.

Culloville take on Mullaghbawn and both sides have been impressive on their way to the decider.

Mullaghbawn were in fine goalscoring form the last day out when they overcame Tir na nOg, hitting three goals.

While Mullaghbawn ran out comfortable eight-point winners in the end, they were made to work for their place in the u21 final.

They needed extra time to eventually shake off their Portadown opponents and did just that with a strong display.

Their quarter-final was just as keenly contested, but Mullaghbawn saw off Carrickcruppen with two-points to spare.

Mullaghbawn have only tasted defeat once throughout the campaign, against Shane O’Neill’s in the group stages.

They contested the u19 Senior Championship final last year, but Crossmaglen proved too strong that day.

They have a lot of talent in their ranks, however. Fergal O’Brien and Patrick McAteer are both part of Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh squad.

It’s an all-south Armagh tie in Cullyhanna on Saturday to decide the winners of the 2023 u21 Intermediate Championship.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Culloville likewise have a number of players that featured in last years u19 Intermediate final, when they lost to Silverbridge.

The Blues beat Shane O’Neill’s recently to reach Saturday’s showdown, with four-points the difference in the end.

They also beat Dromintee in their last eight clash, when they rattled home five goals to breeze through.

A number of their players have a few years of senior experience under their belts, having helped Culloville reach the Intermediate Final in 2021.

It’s an all-south Armagh tie in Cullyhanna on Saturday to decide the winners of the 2023 u21 Intermediate Championship.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Dara Quinn is the go-to man in the forward line and his scoring ability, even at senior level, makes him stand out.

The likes of Fergal Kieran and defender James King are guaranteed starters on the senior side as well.

Ryan Duffy, a College All-Star this year, is currently the captain of St Colman’s College MacRory Cup team and his another emerging talent in Culloville.