Division 2A & 2B Previews – Gameday 3

Division 2A

St Paul’s will be keen to bounce back from last week’s Division 2A round two defeat to Annaghmore when they host Grange on Thursday. Ronan Clarke’s men surrendered a four-point half time advantage to trail by two when the full-time whistle sounded.

Clarke will see a familiar face along the sideline as he comes up against former Pearse Og teammate Chris Rafferty. The pair won SFC medals alongside each other in 2009. St Paul’s are out twice this week, as they take on Tullysaran on Monday evening in a re-fixture.

Annaghmore will hope to carry that fine form into this weekend, and they take on Keady away from home. The two sides earned promotion from Division 2B last season and clashed in the championship, with Keady winning convincingly on their way to reaching the last four.

Carrickcruppen were handsome winners over Shane O’Neill’s the last day out and they’ll have home advantage against Tullysaran on Friday evening.

Tullysaran, who are also out on Monday night, defeated Keady by four-points last weekend in their first outing of the 2024 season. Eddie Mallon, Mark McKeever and Gavin Conlon remain their key players up front.

Shane O’Neill’s will be eager to bounce back from last week’s 11-point defeat when they take on Pearse Og on Saturday. The Shane’s will have home advantage against Garreth Thornton’s unbeaten Ogs.

The Ogs opened their account with a win over Annaghmore, but last week’s clash with Grange was postponed. 2009 SFC winner and former Armagh player Paul Duffy remains integral to the Pearse Ogs fold while Conor McNicholl is back following a knee injury in last years championship.

Division 2B

Belleek have made a perfect start to their Division 2B campaign with two wins from two and they take on Derrynoose this weekend. Shane Quinn’s Belleek men enjoyed narrow wins over Clonmore and neighbours Whitecross.

Paul Hagan’s Derrynoose got their season up and running last weekend when they proved too strong for Crossmaglen IIs. David McCreesh and Conor McNally bagged their two goals and remain the key men in the Derrynoose attack.

The Rangers will hope to cause an upset when they travel north on Friday and take on an unbeaten Wolfe Tones side. Crossmaglen IIs have now suffered back-to-back defeats to both Whitecross and Derrynoose.

The Tones have beaten Tir na nOg and Clann Eireann IIs in recent weeks, with Paudie Judge kicking 2-8 the last day out. Tir na nOg and Clann Eireann IIs will target their first wins of the campaign when they lock horns on Friday evening.

A late Jamie McAleenan score earned the Portadown men a share of the spoils in round two against Clonmore. Clonmore currently have one point on the board, and they’ll take on Whitecross this weekend, who beat Cross IIs in round two.

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