Division 1A & 1B Previews – Gameday 12

Division 1A

There’s a huge top of the table meeting in Division 1A this weekend as Clann Eireann host Crossmaglen on Friday night. The two sides are locked on 18-points, although Clann Eireann claim top spot due to head-to-head ruling.

The reigning league champions overcame the Rangers in their first meeting by two-points, 1-14 to 2-9. That is one of two defeats Anthony Cunningham’s men have tasted this season, while Clann Eireann are unbeaten.

The Lurgan side have been in outrageous goalscoring form, hitting the net eight times in their last three outings. Crossmaglen have claimed one major in each of their last five league encounters.

There’s a huge top of the table meeting in Division 1A this weekend as Clann Eireann host Crossmaglen on Friday night.
Photo Credit: John Merry

The Division 1A action kicks off on Thursday evening this week with Granemore hosting Killeavy. The home side will face off against their former manager Niall McAleenan, who guided Granemore to the SFC final in 2022.

Granemore are tied bottom of the league, alongside Dromintee, with both teams sitting on two-points. Killeavy, who have won three of their last four games, are in fourth position with 11 points.

Dromintee have one win to their name so far this season but will hope to change that record against Madden on Friday. Ciaran Rafferty returned from injury last weekend for the Raparees and could be in from the start.

There’s a huge top of the table meeting in Division 1A this weekend as Clann Eireann host Crossmaglen on Friday night.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Division 1B

In Division 1B, league leaders Mullaghbawn host Ballymacnab on Friday evening and will be seeking revenge. The only game Mullaghbawn have lost all season came in round five, against Ronan Murphy’s side.

Mullaghbawn have won seven of their nine league games, and another win here would take them a step closer towards promotion. Ballymacnab are in danger at the other end however and are currently battling relegation.

Clan na Gael and St Patrick’s lead the chasing pack at the top of the table and they lock horns on Friday. The Clans, who have home advantage this week, won the last clash between these two by six-points.

There’s a huge top of the table meeting in Division 1A this weekend as Clann Eireann host Crossmaglen on Friday night.
Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Mullaghbawn and St Patrick’s both have busy weekends ahead of them as they play on Friday and Monday. The two sides lock horns in a refixed schedule on Monday night, with Mullaghbawn playing on home turf.

On Friday, Culloville take on St Peter’s and whoever gains the two points on offer can further reduce their fears of relegation. The pair sit on nine-points each, just one-point above the relegation zone.

Maghery are on the road this Friday as they travel to Sarsfields and will do so without two key forwards. Kevin Robinson and Padraig O’Keefe are likely to miss out. Sarsfields are at the bottom of the table with five-points.

There’s a huge top of the table meeting in Division 1A this weekend as Clann Eireann host Crossmaglen on Friday night.
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