Division 1A & 1B Previews – Gameday 11

Division 1A

This week’s Division 1A league action kicks off on Thursday evening as Silverbridge take on Madden at home. These two sides got the SFC underway last season, in the same venue, and Madden won thanks to an Aron McKenna goal.

This weekend, both sides head into the encounter off the back of recent wins. Silverbridge had 10-points to spare away to Dromintee while Madden saw off Killeavy by six-points in the end.

That victory saw the ‘Bridge jump to third in the league table, five-points off Clann Eireann and Crossmaglen. Madden remain without a number of key men through injury such as Conor Grimley along with Ciaran and Donal Rafferty.

Killeavy, who were seriously understrength last week, will be keen to bounce back against Armagh Harps. Lee Rice, Ciaran Cosgrove and Gareth Murphy are all off to America, so Killeavy will be without them.

The Harps currently sit one-point above Killeavy in the table and the pair will be aiming for a top four finish. Pascal Canavan’s men lost out to Clann Eireann last weekend, meaning they’ve only won once in their last three outings.

Granemore are on the road this weekend as they take on league leaders and reigning champs Clann Eireann. Stephen Cusack’s men will be short Michael King and Darran Rafferty, who will spend the summer in America.

Clann Eireann are the only unbeaten team across the across the top five divisions and have been in incredible form. Ruairi McDonald has been the key man upfront of late, hitting three goals in two games.

Crossmaglen are without Dara O’Callaghan who has jetted off to the USA and they take on Dromintee on Friday. Kieran Quinn’s side will have to field without Adam Markey and Liam Fearon, who are also off to America.

This week’s Division 1A league action kicks off on Thursday evening as Silverbridge take on Madden at home.
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Division 1B

Sarsfields have only won once in their last five outings, and they are in desperate need of points. They’re currently anchored at the bottom of the table, and they travel to Cullyhanna on Thursday night.

St Patrick’s didn’t have a game last weekend as their tie with Mullaghbawn was postponed, and their most recent outing was a ten-point win over Ballymacnab. Stephen Reel’s men are on nine-points, four off table toppers Mullaghbawn.

Mullaghbawn are on the road this weekend and they make the long journey to Maghery, who are three-points below them in the table. Ronan Lappin is back for Maghery, who head into the game off the back on a two-point loss to Ballymacnab.

The Nab take on St Peter’s away from home on Friday evening and both sides are keen to break away from the relegation zone. St Peter’s are currently second from bottom with seven points while Ballymacnab sit on eight.

Clan na Gael saw off St Peter’s last Saturday night, 0-10 to 1-5, and travel to Culloville this weekend.

This week’s Division 1A league action kicks off on Thursday evening as Silverbridge take on Madden at home.
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