Division 3A & 3B Previews – Gameday 1

The Division 3A and Division 3B leagues get up and running this weekend with plenty of points up for grabs.

Division 3A

Paul Doyle’s Collegeland squad has been bolstered by some new recruits for the upcoming Division 3A league campaign. Niall Brady, a 2019 JFC winner for Collegeland, played for the Harps last season but is back with Collegeland.

Caolan McQuaid and Ryan Fields have also transferred from the Harps while Aidan Trainor has made the move from Mullabrack. They will be without the versatile Mark McCoy however, who has returned Armagh Harps this season.

Collegeland take on last year’s Junior Championship finalists Ballyhegan in Saturday’s opening round while Eire Og will start the season without Diarmuid O’Hagan and Eoin McCluskey as both are off to Australia.

The Division 3A and Division 3B leagues get up and running this weekend with plenty of points up for grabs.
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They kickstart their season with a home tie against Forkhill, who will be without the retired Barry Shannon. Forkhill will have Stephen Sheridan to call upon however following his retirement from inter-county action.

St Michael’s start the campaign without the services of James McVerry and Pearse Woods, who are both in Australia. They take on Lissummon, who reached the Junior Championship final in 2022, in the first round on Sunday.

Middletown, who were relegated from Division 2B last season, cross swords last year’s Division 3B champions An Port Mor.

The Division 3A and Division 3B leagues get up and running this weekend with plenty of points up for grabs.
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Division 3B

There are three new teams in Division 3B this season with Killean returning along with Madden IIs and St Peter’s IIs. Killean, fielding at senior level for the first time since 2013, begin their campaign with an away day trip to Clady, who just missed out on promotion last year.

Sean Savage will be a major miss for Peter Beagan’s men as he is currently in Australia. Ciaran Grimley has joined Madden IIs while Colm Savage is currently out injured.

Redmond O’Hanlon’s will have home advantage on Saturday evening when they encounter Killeavy IIs.

Last year’s Armagh minor captain Daragh McNulty is available for senior football and is certainly one to watch.

The Division 3A and Division 3B leagues get up and running this weekend with plenty of points up for grabs.
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Killeavy IIs impressed throughout the Junior Championship last season when they reached the last eight. They also won the Senior u21 Championship last year so they could have a young and eager squad to pick from.

Thomas Davis, who reached the final four of the 2023 Junior Championship, take on Dorsey on Sunday. Ryan Courtney, who returned late in the year last season, is off to Australia.

Mullabrack host Madden IIs and they’ll be without one of their star forwards in Aidan Trainor, who has joined Collegeland. Madden IIs squad will be a mixture of young and old, with Ciaran Grimley having transferred from Clady.

Paul Doyle’s Collegeland squad has been bolstered by some new recruits for the upcoming Division 3A league campaign.
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