Armagh GAA Official County Armagh GAA site Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:59:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Minors in All-Ireland C Final Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:59:44 +0000 admin Our Minor team take on Meath in the All-Ireland Minor C Final on Saturday 26th April. Time & Venue to be confirmed.

‘With Armagh minors undefeated in their league campaign, they went on to face Cavan in the semi-final of the all-Ireland. On Saturday the 12th of April Armagh minors travelled to Inniskeen in Monaghan to contest for a place in the final. Armagh have been training hard, preforming well and racking up strong scores in their league campaign. Armagh headed into the Cavan game composed and determined to reach the final with their coach Mark Magee having them well prepared in advance. It was a very tough game in which credit is given to Cavan who pushed Armagh to the limits , however the Armagh girls were not leaving the field without a win and another chance at an all-Ireland final.’


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Feile Cup Final 2014 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:12:39 +0000 admin Keady v Cuchulainns Feile Cup Final 2014

Photos by John Merry

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Feile Shield Final Photos Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:09:52 +0000 admin Derrynoose v Craobh Rua Feile Shield Final 2014

Photos by John Merry

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5 New Players Drafted In Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:09:18 +0000 admin As focus turns to preparations for the forthcoming Championship campaign, Armagh Manager Paul Grimley has brought five new players into the squad in the run-up to the Cavan encounter on 8th June at 4pm in the Armagh Athletic Grounds.

David O’Hagan (Grange) and Tim Harney (Pearse Og’s) join the ranks of the goalkeepers in the squad. Meanwhile, Seamus Kelly from Silverbridge, John McGill from Carrickcruppen and Míceál McKenna from Grange complete the new additions.

Paul Grimley outlined that “bringing in these players is in line with our policy programme of new younger players for the future. The players have put the recent NFL campaign behind them and we are starting our championship training. Myself, the Management team and the players want to thank our supporters for their great backing throughout the NFL and we are determined to extend the summer season as far as possible.”

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Simplyfruit ACFL Results W/e 13th April 2014 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:30:10 +0000 admin SENIOR LEAGUE

Whitecross 1-7 V 2-12 Armagh Harps
Dromintee 2-08 V Granemore 0-13
Killeavy 0-08 V Maghery 1-11
Ballymacnab 3-9 V Pearse Og 0-16
Annaghmore 2-16 V Shane O’Neills 0-11
Sarsfields 1-11 V Madden 0-10
Tir na nÓg 0-07 V St Patrick’s 1-09
Carrickcruppen 0-08 V Crossmaglen 0-10



Forkhill 0-13 V 0-11 Grange
Clann Eireann v Lissummon POSTPONED
St Paul’s 3-10 v Clan na Gael 0-09
Wolfe tones 2-09 v Derrynoose 2-07
Eire óg 1-9 V Culloville 1-07
An Port mór 1-16 v Middletown 2-10
Clonmore 1-05 v St peter’s 3-07
Mullaghbawn 1-8 v Silverbridge 0-10



Pearse Og II0-5 v 1-13 St Michael’s
Ballyhegan 0-13 v 3-10 Collegeland
Crossmaglen II 2-12 V St Patrick’s II 1-02
Keady 2-12 V Corrinshego 4-02


Clady 0-12 V Dromintee II 0-11
Killean lost to Belleek
Clann Eireann II V Killeavy II POSTPONED
Tullysaran W/O V O’Hanlon’s CNF

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ARMAGH LADIES FINISH FIRST Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:16:35 +0000 admin WATERFORD 1-5 ARMAGH 6-12
Richard Bullick reports

A superb Siobhan Mackle hat-trick helped title favourites Armagh round off their Tesco HomeGrown National League campaign with a seventh successive victory to confirm first place in the final Division Three table.
James Daly’s side dramatically destroyed closest rivals Waterford in the second half of Sunday’s top of the table clash between the counties who contested the 2012 All Ireland Intermediate final.
Waterford, who were relegated last season from Division Two, might have fancied avenging that Croke Park defeat with home advantage and also knew a win would see them pip Armagh to first place in the standings based on the head-to-head criteria that applies to tied teams in this competition.
They were well placed when turning around only five points in arrears with the wind behind them for the second half but five Armagh goals gave the visitors a comprehensive victory by a 22-point margin.
Armagh go into the knockout phase with a 100 percent record from their seven league games though, like last year, finishing first has delivered little reward for them in terms of the play-off pairings.
History has repeated itself for, just like 12 months ago, Armagh now meet Tipperary in the semi-finals in spite of their opponents once again effectively finishing third based on the common criteria of points difference frequently used in sport.
But because the ladies National League uses head-to-head result as the determining factor, Leitrim pinched third place officially from Tipp by beating them on Sunday, even though the Connacht county’s points difference is inferior.
The top two teams in the table aren’t even rewarded with home advantage in the play-offs but Armagh can still take satisfaction from topping the pile courtesy of winning in the backyard of their closest challengers.
The magical Mackle was Armagh’s show-stealer with her hat-trick of goals being the perfect response to a frustrating afternoon for the gifted Grange girl against Sligo in Silverbridge seven days earlier.
On that occasion a misfiring Mackle was subbed before half-time but here she memorably topped the Orchard scoring charts with half her team’s six majors including the only Armagh goal of the first half.
Armagh were boosted by the availability of captain Caroline O’Hanlon, who had got back between British SuperLeague netball games in England unlike for the team’s previous tricky trip to Munster, when they won the opening game at Tipperary.
The skipper had top-scored for Armagh in each of her four previous outings this season but this time happily played a support role to young guns Mackle, Lauren McConville, Fionnuala McKenna and Aoife McCoy.
Although O’Hanlon nailed a penalty and kicked a free to go with two other points, that emerging quartet of forwards, none of whom have yet turned 21, all accumulated more from play, an encouraging endorsement of Armagh’s growth as a team.
Crossmaglen newcomer McConville is one of only four players – the others are McKenna, Marian McGuinness and veteran vice-captain Caoimhe Morgan – to have started all seven league games and along with McCoy has been a very valuable addition this season.
Daly’s ladies established what was, considering their wind advantage, a fairly slender interval lead of five points, going in 1-7 to 1-2 ahead after a first half in which they weren’t fully fluent.
Mackle got the Armagh goal with two points apiece from O’Hanlon and McKenna – who each kicked a free – and teenager McConville, the other score coming courtesy of Dromintee’s diminutive McCoy.
It was 5-5 to three points in a second half which featured two more goals from Mackle, one each from McConville and McCoy and a penalty from O’Hanlon, who had uncharacteristically failed with her previous two spot-kicks in 2014.
McConville and O’Hanlon had a point apiece with three from McKenna including her second free of an afternoon which finished so comfortably that Daly was able to use nine subs even with five panel members not available.
Although the young forwards and Mackle in particular captured the headlines, the Orchard defence deserves its share of the credit for keeping a capable Waterford forward unit so well contained.
Just as Mackle and McConville had great games, so too did the vastly experienced Caoimhe Morgan at full back while her younger sister Niamh Marley did a great job containing the dangerous Michelle Ryan as she had in Croke Park 18 months ago.
Armagh’s wing backs Sharon Reel and Niamh Henderson capably dealt with Waterford’s Wall sisters and Daly will be delighted that the hosts were restricted to a mere three points in the second half.
ARMAGH: K Daly; M Tennyson, C Morgan, S Marley; S Reel, N Marley, N Henderson; S McCleary, C O’Hanlon (capt; 1-3, 1pen, 1f); M McGuinness, F McKenna (0-5, 2f), S Mackle (3-0); A McCoy (1-1), K Mallon, L McConville (1-3). Subs used: C Malone, L Kenny, D Morgan, R Murphy, M Burns, S Feeney, M McAlinden, C Marley, C Duffy.

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Armagh 1-08 2-10 Donegal Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:13:37 +0000 admin Results were against Armagh on Sunday as they fell to a 5 point defeat to League leaders Donegal which meant relegation for the Orchard County.

Jim McGuinness’s side led 0-4 to 0-2 when Michael Murphy netted a penalty after a foul on Colm McFadden.

Jamie Clarke responded with 1-1 to cut Donegal’s lead to 1-5 to 1-3 by half-time but Murphy’s second goal after the restart put the visitors in control.

Sub Paddy McBrearty’s four second-half points helped Donegal stay in front.

Despite playing against the breeze in the first half, Donegal notched the first four points with McFadden and Rory Kavanagh both stroking over two efforts.

Crossmaglen man Kyle Carragher and Aaron Kernan got Armagh scoring only for Murphy to net his 15th-minute penalty after Finian Moriarty had hauled down McFadden.

But Clarke responded with 1-1 for Armagh to leave the minimum between the teams with the Crossmaglen star poking in his goal from close range after good work by Kevin Dyas.

Donegal led 1-5 to 1-3 at the break and after Tony Kernan had cut the advantage again to a single point, Murphy scored his and his team’s second goal after fielding a long ball from Kavanagh, who had grasped a Paul Durcan kick-out.

A couple of more scores from Tony Kernan cut Donegal’s lead to three but McBrearty’s arrival helped the 2012 All-Ireland champions pull clear in the closing stages. and in the process, consign Paul Grimley’s Orchard men to Division 3.

Four weeks ago, Armagh had looked more likely to be challenging from promotion to Division 1 than battling relegation after an impressive away win at Navan had been followed by a victory over Laois.

But Armagh’s campaign seemed then to be totally unhinged by the home defeat by Ulster champions Monaghan which was followed by their reverses against Galway and Donegal.

A Down victory against Laois on Sunday would have kept Armagh in Division 1 but the home side earned a 1-16 to 2-10 victory over the Mourne men at O’Moore Park.

Photos by John Merry

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Armagh 2-10 Westmeath 2-9 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:01:47 +0000 admin Armagh (2-10) Westmeath (2-9)

Date: 06.04.14

Venue: Mullaghbawn

Photos by John Merry

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Minors: Armagh 1-08 Down 0-08 Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:05:42 +0000 admin Armagh Minors moved joint top of the Ulster Minor Football League Group B with a deserved victory over neighbours Down. The Orchard youngsters followed up on last weeks victory over Monaghan with a good team performance in Silverbridge against a Down outfit who had won their two previous games.

It was the Mourne County who started the brightest taking a three point lead before Captain, Caolan McConville, opened the Armagh account. McConvilles point was quickly followed by another from Connor Cullen to leave the minimum between the sides. Both sides traded points over the remainder of the half before a point right on the stroke of half time ensured Down would have a two point lead at the break. Half time Armagh 0-4 Down 0-6.

The second half started at a frantic pace with both sides exchanging points, the Armagh point coming from half time substitute Conor Murphy who replaced the injured Vincey Brady. The Orchard Minors then took control of the game when Paul Quinn found the net. Armagh then kicked three points before a late point from Down left a goal between them. Although Down pushed forward looking a goal, the Armagh Defence held strong, as they had done the whole game. The referee blew the final whistle which saw the game finish Armagh 1-8 Down 0-8.

Photos by John Merry

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ARMAGH 4-9 SLIGO 3-10 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:27:59 +0000 admin Armagh got out of jail in Silverbridge after leaving themselves with an awful lot to do in the final quarter of this Tesco HomeGrown National League game against Sligo.
The third division table toppers had to come from eight points down with 13 minutes remaining and needed two goals in the closing stages to maintain their 100 percent record this season. Relieved Orchard boss James Daly was fairly philosophical afterwards, acknowledging the merits of salvaging victory from such an unpromising position and in spite of not playing particularly well on an afternoon when wasteful Armagh were their own worst enemies. However he will demand an improved performance this Sunday in the final fixture away to second-placed Waterford and in the subsequent
play-offs as Armagh attempt to nail the imperative promotion that has eluded them the past two seasons.
Any team must take some satisfaction from getting over the line in such challenging circumstances and there may be benefits from having to turn round an unexpectedly tight game rather than coasting through like Armagh have in most matches in the current campaign. But the senior players pulled no punches afterwards about a patchy performance featuring too many dropped balls, misplaced passes, unsatisfactory finishing and indisciplined defending against a
spirited, physical Sligo side.
Armagh made it difficult for themselves by kicking an astonishing 13 wides in the second half alone and they also gave away far too many frees including the three which helped Sligo score four unanswered points when down to 14 players.
However the Orchard crew do deserve credit for salvaging victory in the end and remain favourites to take the Division Three title and sole promotion place available. What was in the end a devastating defeat for the visitors rules Sligo
out of contention for a play-off place though they appeared a stronger side than Armagh’s previous opponents in Silverbridge, Leitrim. It had all looked like business as usual early on when an opening point by Sinead McCleary and a thumping free from Fionnuala McKenna were followed by a trademark goal by captain Caroline O’Hanlon in the
sixth minute. The skipper strode through the Sligo defence to hit the net, but it was a ball bouncing off her which allowed the visiting team to reply in kind within a minute and they tagged on a point and a free to draw
level. Sligo went five clear by sandwiching a goal with two points in the middle of the half and, although O’Hanlon nailed her second goal and cancelled out an opposition point, things got worse for Armagh in
injury-time. Recalled goalkeeper Catherine McAlinden gave away a penalty which Sligo confidently converted to send them in with a healthy lead on a scoreline of 2-3 to 3-5.
Armagh began brightly on the resumption, Aoife McCoy and Caoimhe Murray supplying points in the first four minutes, and when Sligo lost a player to the sinbin few would have bet against the local ladies
taking control. Instead Sligo kicked a point followed by a hat-trick of frees while at a numerical disadvantage and added a further free in the 47th minute to stretch their lead to eight points.
Although Armagh had time to pull the game out of the fire they hardly helped their cause by failing to take opportunities including clear goal chances for O’Hanlon and McKenna while Marian McGuinness also
struck the cross-bar. O’Hanlon spent periods deployed on the edge of the square on an afternoon Armagh were missing two of their regular full forward line, former captain Mags McAlinden and Kelly Mallon, through injury. Young scoring sensation Aimee Mackin might have made a difference but her unknown whereabouts will fuel concerns about the international soccer star’s current commitment to the Orchard cause.
In the end, Armagh managed without her and the injured duo as they gradually reduced the arrears with two points from McKenna and one each courtesy of O’Hanlon and McCleary.
It still felt like Daly’s side would need a goal and, when McCoy duly obliged, Armagh suddenly scented blood and McKenna hit the net a minute later as a poor kickout was ruthlessly punished.
Only young Niamh Henderson, who had been brought on after unavoidably arriving late, can take much satisfaction from her personal performance, but Armagh march on and remain the team to beat in this section.

ARMAGH: C McAlinden; M Tennyson, C Morgan, S Marley; S Reel, N Marley, D Morgan; S McCleary (0-2), C O’Hanlon (capt; 2-2); M McGuinness, F McKenna (1-3, 1f), S Mackle; A McCoy (1-1), C Murray (0-1), L McConville. Subs: N Henderson for Mackle (22 mins), C Malone for Morgan (39), C Marley for Murray (48), L Kenny for McGuinness (55).

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