Division 2A & 2B Previews – Gameday 5

Division 2A

Two years ago, a late Paul O’Rourke goal saw Shane O’Neill’s snatch the IFC from St Paul’s grasp. The two sides are now back operating at the same grade, and they lock horns in the Division 2A league.

St Paul’s are joint-top of the table alongside Carrickcruppen having only lost once in four games. Shane O’Neill’s, who have one win in three, have a new management team in place with Patrick Gregory returning to the helm.

Carrickcruppen are the only unbeaten team in the division having recorded two draws alongside their two wins. They entertain Grange on Friday night, who are currently bottom of the table.

Grange lost out by three-points to Keady last Friday while on Monday evening they shipped a heavy 16-point defeat to Pearse Og. Chris Rafferty’s men remain without some key men though which hasn’t helped their case.

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Miceal McKenna didn’t line out against the Ogs last weekend while Cathal McKenna and Diarmuid Rafferty are both in Australia. Daire Mallon has been carrying the scoring burden, assisted by Ben Toal who only came on last Monday.

The Ogs will be keen to continue the form they showed earlier in the week when they travel to Keady on Sunday. Anto Duffy and Callum Murray excelled at wing backs while Odhran Houlahan and Ruairi Duffy are the danger men up front.

Keady won their first game of the league last week against Grange, although they’ve also drawn two of their four encounters. Keady have drawn both their home games, so they’d like to get a win on home soil this week.

Tullysaran have suffered back-to-back defeats to league leaders Carrickcruppen and St Paul’s and will be keen to bounce back against Annaghmore on Friday. Annaghmore have only lost once this season and have drawn their last two outings.

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Division 2B

Clonmore have picked up one point from their first four outings but can improve that record on Thursday evening. Brendan Donaghy’s side play host to Derrynoose, who currently sit on four points.

They suffered a three-point defeat to Clann Eireann IIs last week, 0-20 to 5-8, while Whitecross also defeated Clonmore by the minimum of margins. Derrynoose defeated Clann Eireann IIs on Sunday, 1-15 to 0-8.

League leaders Belleek have stacked up four wins on the trot and they face Tir na nOg in round five. A Drew McVerry goal helped Shane Quinn’s men overcome Wolfe Tones last weekend, 1-12 to 2-6.

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Tir na nOg have yet to pick up a victory throughout their Division 2B league campaign, although they’ve gathered two points. They have drawn their last two fixtures against Clonmore and Clann Eireann IIs.

Clann Eireann IIs are back in action against Cross IIs on Friday and the Rangers are in a poor run of form. They’ve lost all three of their game and will be keen to get off the mark as they travel to Lurgan.

Wolfe Tones and Whitecross are tied on six points apiece at the top of the table, just behind Belleek. Both teams have the exact same record from their four opening round games, with one loss and three wins.

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