History on the line for Cullyhanna

History is on the line for Cullyhanna on Sunday afternoon as they take on Ballyhaise in the Ulster Intermediate final.

No Armagh team has ever contested the Ulster Intermediate final and travelled home with the cup.

But Cullyhanna have a chance to do that, and they are the favourites to do so. They won’t be too concerned with the bookies odds, however.

Ballyhaise played their league final in the top tier in Cavan, finishing in eighth position in Division One.

They got their hands on the Intermediate crown in Cavan on the third time of asking, having lost the final in the previous two seasons.

Ballyhaise were ruthless in their first-round win of Ulster when they hammered Downings of Donegal.

They rattled home four goals that day and rattled the net again in the semi-final. It was a much closer game however as they sneaked past Glenullin by the minimum of margins.

That’s five goals in two games though. Surely that stat is one that has registered with Stephen Reel and the entire Cullyhanna management team.

Cullyhanna have yet to concede a goal in Ulster of course and they only conceded six in the Armagh championship.

The Cullyhanna defence is vastly experienced with the likes of Sean Og Irwin and Sean Connell likely to be detailed with man-marking jobs.

History is on the line for Cullyhanna on Sunday afternoon as they take on Ballyhaise in the Ulster Intermediate final.
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The middle of the field is going to be a real battle area as both sides pride themselves on their physicality.

St Patrick’s got real joy off their kickout press against Liatroim in the semi-final and it would be surprising if they decide to change tact.

Up front, they’ll look to star man Aidan Nugent to contribute most on the scoreboard, but he’s not on his own.

Tony Donnelly, Shea Hoey, Ross McQuillan and Jason Duffy have been regularly chipping in with scores.

The Ulster opener was undoubtedly Cullyhanna’s toughest test this year, but this could be a step up from that.

There’s enough experience and quality in the Cullyhanna side to ensure they won’t get ahead of themselves.

If they bring their A-game to Castleblayney on Sunday, then they’ll be well on their way to creating history.

History is on the line for Cullyhanna on Sunday afternoon as they take on Ballyhaise in the Ulster Intermediate final.
Photo Credit: John Merry