Division 3A & 3B Previews – Gameday 2

Division 3A

Forkhill kickstarted their push for promotion from Division 3A with a one-point win over Eire Og last week and they face St Michael’s on Friday. A Stephen Sheridan goal was the key score for Forkhill while Cormac Toner remains vital in the forward line.

St Michael’s earned a draw on the opening day when their clash with Lissummon finished 1-7 to 0-10. Conor Watters struck the all-important goal in the first half for Newtown that secured a share of the spoils.

Lissummon are on home turf in round two and take on Middletown, who are currently top of Division 3A. Middletown, who were relegated from Division 2B last season, began their 2024 campaign with a win over An Port Mor.

Marty Moan and Fionnan O Braonain carried most of the scoring threat for Middletown, with the pair hitting 0-5 and 1-3 respectively. Paddy McArdle’s side will remain without the county hurlers, as they begin their Nickey Rackard Cup campaign on Saturday.

An Port Mor will have home advantage in round two when they welcome old rivals Collegeland to O’Neill Park. The two sides clashed in the championship last year, with An Port Mor upsetting the odds to knock Collegeland out.

A late Mark Donnelly goal secured the bragging rights for An Port Mor as they captured a 2-7 to 0-12 win. Ryan Gorman was the other goal score for Gary McCrilly’s side that afternoon.

Paul Doyle has taken over this year and Friday’s meeting will be his first in charge. Their first-round clash with Ballyhegan was postponed last week. Ballyhegan will get their campaign up and running with a home encounter with Eire Og on Friday evening.

Forkhill kickstarted their push for promotion from Division 3A with a one-point win over Eire Og last week and they face St Michael’s on Friday.
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Division 3B

Clady were impressive winners over Killean in round one with goals from Liam Doyle, Colm Savage (2) and Gerard Grimley. They currently lead the way in Division 3B but will expect a stiffer test against Dorsey this weekend.

Dorsey had a poor opening day as they lost to Thomas Davis, losing out by 13-points in the end. Thomas Davis had goals from Michael Mallon and Adam Loughran to thank for the big win and they clash with Killeavy IIs this weekend.

Killeavy IIs had their opening round tie with Redmond O’Hanlon’s postponed and will be keen to get their season up and running. O’Hanlon’s will feel the same and they travel to Lurgan on Friday to meet one of the newbies in St Peter’s IIs.

Mullabrack will also get their season up and running when they take on KIllean. Mullabrack’s opening round clash with Madden IIs was postponed on Monday evening due to the weather.

Forkhill kickstarted their push for promotion from Division 3A with a one-point win over Eire Og last week and they face St Michael’s on Friday.
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