I meant to start this a week ago but Club Football Championships outside of Dublin can be talked about here.
Ballinderry vs slaughtneil, in Derry and St Michaels vs St Eunans in Donegal are two standout ties for me.
Harps win in fermanagh, shamrocks must have turned over the ball bout 20 times in the second half alone.
Cat all together
Donegal SFC QF draw:
Kilcar vs Killybegs
Glenties vs Glenfin
Milford vs St Eunans
Gweedore vs Bundoran…
All in all, top 4 teams should make the semis, great to see Killybegs and Glenfin back dining at the top table. Killybegs after a double promotion, and made it through without Eoghan Ban also.
Aodh ruadh ripping it up in inter I hear too, them bucks need to go back senior big time
Armagh Senior Championship quarter-finals completed last night with Maghery edging out St Patricks with a late goal from Paul Forker (2-9 to 1-9). The draw for the semi-finals took place immediately after.
Crossmaglen Rangers v Maghery Sean McDermotts
Granemore St Marys v Ballymacnab Round Towers
On current form, Crossmaglen and Ballymacnab would be warm favourites to reach the final and provide us with the same final combination for the second year in a row.
The Intermediate Final will see Grange St Colmcilles play Shane O’Neills whereas in the Junior Final Collegeland O’Rahillys will play Derrynoose St Mochuas.
Won their group alright, certainly not ripping it up. Just missed out on promotion in D2.
Donegal champ on RTE tomorrow evening.
Know a couple of lads, who play with them, saying they got all their lads back at the right time, might be worth a tenner
Not football, but WTF is going on in Carlow with their hurling championships?
Club semi finals listed for last weekend - there’s four clubs playing senior hurling in carlow as we were told week after fucking week during the spring when marty morressey was shocked they could hold a hurl the right way round - even though they went out of the intercounty scene on the 8th June.
the county board has 5 weekends in the year set aside for the hurling.
then one of the semi finals is postponed as one team has lads playing in the intermediate football the night before. County Board says thats a walkover so. Now lads are talking about boycotting the county team in retaliation. The “cub months” going to great use there.
A photo of Ethan Rafferty of the Grange rising high to claim the ball. Grange pipped Shane O’Neills to win the Armagh Intermediate Title yesterday in Armagh by 1-14 to 0-16, thanks to two injury time frees. Shane O’Neills played most of the second half with 14 men and looked like they would hold out. However the “at least three minutes of injury time” went nearer to six minutes and Shane O’Neills possibly paid the penalty for some very obvious time wasting.
The night before, the Senior Championship semi-final double bill was played in monsoon conditions. Crossmaglen Rangers had too much for Maghery, winning by 2-9 to 0-8, with Oisin O’Neill netting two goals.
In the first game, the local derby between Granemore and Ballymacnab looked to be petering out to a comfortable 'Nab win until a late flurry of points saw Granemore finish level and send the game to extra time. However they were out on their feet in extra time and went out on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-13. That leaves a Rangers v Nab final for the second year in a row. Rangers have already defeated the Nab earlier in the Championship group stages (by six points) and will be hot favourites to repeat the dose in the final.
The Armagh Junior Championship was won by Collegeland on a 1-12 to 1-9 scoreline, when they deservedly beat hot favourites, Derrynoose. Derrynoose’s long wait for a Championship victory, which stretches back to 1985, still goes on.
Great little write up Rufus, cheers for that!
Great stuff, @Rufus_T_Firefly. Some picture, fantastic athleticism.
That’s some leap.
As expected, Crossmaglen Rangers won their 45th Armagh Senior title yesterday by overcoming a game Ballymacnab side by 2-18 to 2-9. The Nab led by 1-6 to 0-6 at half time, thanks to a well taken Gavin McParland goal, following a brilliant crossfield pass by Jack Grugan.
Grugan himself then scored a second goal for the Nab, getting his fist to a high ball played into the square by his brother Rory. When he fisted a follow up point, the Nab led by 2-8 to 0-9 with ten minutes gone in the second half.
Unfortunately for them, that was as good as it got as Crossmaglen responded magnificently, reeling off nine points in a row in a ten minute purple patch to take a lead that killed the game. Two late goals gave Rangers a winning margin that flattered them somewhat.
Our Junior Champions Collegeland, last week overcome the challenge of Antrim Junior Champions St Patrick’s, Lisburn on a 0-13 to 1-6 scoreline. However they were well beaten yesterday by a strong challenge from Donegal champions, Buncrana, on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-9.
Our Intermediate Champions Grange also exited Ulster in rather tame fashion, losing to Tyrone champions Galbally by 0-16 to 1-5.
Armagh hopes now rest on Crossmaglen Rangers in the Senior. Although they dominate in Armagh, I cannot see Rangers being strong enough to win Ulster. They start with a tough challenge, hosting Monaghan champions Clontibret on Saturday November 2nd.
Buncrana are my home team, Rufus!
They grinded out the win last week, tougher than expected in county final. Ryan Bradley, Darach O’Connor and Odhran Doherty amongst the ranks-all ex county players, and current county player Caolan McGonigle.