Division 1A & 1B Previews – Gameday 2

Division 1A

League leaders Crossmaglen are on the road this weekend as they face last year’s Division 1B champions Silverbridge. The ‘Bridge got off to a flying start last weekend when they overturned a seven-point half time deficit to defeat Killeavy.

Crossmaglen also made a winning start to 2024 as two goals from Ronan Fitzpatrick saw them defeat Armagh Harps. Callum Cumiskey lined out for the Rangers at centre half forward and could see more game time this weekend.

The Harps will hope to bounce back immediately when they take on Granemore, who drew with Madden last week on Friday evening. James McCoy, James Walsh and Tom O’Kane carry most of the scoring threat for the Harps while Declan McKenna remains a key man.

Eoghan O’Neill top scored for Granemore in round one with 0-4 while they can still call on the services of Kieran Toner and Tony McClelland. Darren Carr is now their number one goalkeeper, but Jason O’Neill remains sidelined for Stephen Cusack’s side.

Madden are down a number of regulars at present and they take on reigning meet champions Clann Eireann. The likes of Donal Rafferty missed the opening round through injury, although Conor Grimley is still the main man up front for the Raparees.

The Lurgan side overcame Madden on the final day of the league last season to collect the Division 1A title. Elsewhere, Killeavy will be keen to bounce back from last week’s defeat as they encounter Dromintee, who lost to Clann Eireann in round one.

League leaders Crossmaglen are on the road this weekend as they face last year’s Division 1B champions Silverbridge.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Division 1B

Cullyhanna proved much too strong when they overpowered Maghery in round one and they travel to Ballymacnab on Friday. A number of All-Ireland winners were on the field, with Pearse Casey, Shea Hoey, Sean Connell and Mickey Murray standing out.

Ballymacnab lost out to Culloville in by the minimum of margins in round one and will once again be forced to field without Finnen Maguire and Ryan Kennedy this weekend when they host St Patrick’s.

Culloville are without the injured Colm Watters, but Paul Kingham has returned to the fold while Fergal Rowland is back for another campaign. Ryan Garvey was their star man last week while Fergal Kieran hit 1-2 from wing back.

League leaders Crossmaglen are on the road this weekend as they face last year’s Division 1B champions Silverbridge.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

They travel to Mullaghbawn on Friday and face a side full of confidence after their one-point win over Clan na Gael. Eoghan McDonnell and Eddie English were missing for Mullaghbawn, but they can call upon 2009 All-Ireland winning minor Eugene McVerry.

Clan na Gael will want to bounce back as will their opponents Sarsfields, who also tasted a one-point loss to St Peter’s. The Clans will be minus Tom Lavery however, who is suspended. Niall Henderson is likely to start having impressed when introduced last week.

St Peter’s are also on the road in round two as they travel to Maghery. Niall McConville is still the main man up front for the White’s, as he showed last weekend and will need watched from a Maghery perspective.

Maghery have a lot of fresh faces in getting game time at the minute. The newbies are mixing with the likes of Stefan Forker, Kevin Nugent and Brendan Haveron who are the key men for this Maghery side.

League leaders Crossmaglen are on the road this weekend as they face last year’s Division 1B champions Silverbridge.
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