Division 2A & 2B Previews – Gameday 1

All the opening round ties of the Division 2A and Division 2B league campaigns take place across Saturday and Sunday.

Division 2A

Shane O’Neill’s and Grange lock horns on Saturday evening to get the Division 2A league campaign underway. The two sides were relegated from senior football last season and also met in the 2019 Intermediate Championship final.

Mark Toal is back for Grange and is a welcomed boost to Chris Rafferty’s side. Both teams will be keen to bounce straight back up to Division 1B this season.

2023 Division 2B winners Keady get their 2A campaign underway with a home time against Carrickcruppen. Simon McGeary’s side have some exciting young players and will be eager to test themselves at a higher level.

All the opening round ties of the Division 2A and Division 2B league campaigns take place across Saturday and Sunday.
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Cruppen, who won the Intermediate Championship in 2021, will pose a tough challenge on the opening night. They will of course be without Blaine Hughes but have plenty of talent to call on.

Annaghmore are another new side in Division 2A having earned promotion along with Keady last year. They get their campaign up and running against Pearse Og on Saturday evening in a repeat of last year’s championship clash.

A Vincy Brady goal was the difference between the sides that evening, and another tight game is to be expected. Paul and Anto Duffy are back for the Ogs.

St Paul’s, last year’s Intermediate Championship finalists, face off against Tullysaran on the opening day. Both sides have been knocking on the Division 2A door for some time and remain two of the big hitters.

All the opening round ties of the Division 2A and Division 2B league campaigns take place across Saturday and Sunday.
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Division 2B

Whitecross get their Division 2B campaign kickstarted with a home encounter against Crossmaglen IIs. The hosts are without a few regulars as Liam Mackin is off to Australia while star man Cathal McSherry has retired.

Experienced head Eamon Reavey has also retired and joined up with the Shane O’Neill’s management team. The Rangers won both these encounters during last year’s league campaign to finish one-point above Whitecross.

They will be without Johnny Murtagh this year, however, has he has taking over the reins at Shane O’Neill’s. The last two Junior Championship winners, Derrynoose and Clann Eireann IIs, clash on Saturday night.

Conor Bell retired after capturing the Junior Championship crown with Clann Eireann IIs last year and will be a big miss. Derrynoose impressed throughout the campaign last season and will be keen to push on again in 2024.

All the opening round ties of the Division 2A and Division 2B league campaigns take place across Saturday and Sunday.

Clonmore won the Division 3A league title last year and are back up competing at Intermediate level again. They take on Belleek on Saturday evening and Shane Quinn’s side can still call on the experience of Sean McCreesh.

Wolfe Tones, who suffered relegation to Division 2B last season, start the campaign without Caolan Farrell, who is off to Australia. Full back Andrew Austin has also gone to Doha, and they leave two big gaps for the Tones to fill this year.

They get their season up and running against Tir na nOg, who they were relegated alongside last season. The Portadown men will be without the likes of Oran Power and Andrew Wilson as both are out with long term injuries.

All the opening round ties of the Division 2A and Division 2B league campaigns take place across Saturday and Sunday.
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