Annaghmore (@5.5) vs Maghery (@1.12)

Our Prediction:

Maghery will win

Annaghmore – Maghery Match Prediction | 23-08-2019

Clann Eireann missed out on promotion to the top flight and will open their campaign without a raft of their younger stars that have spent the summer in America, the aim will be to secure a playoff place and push on when the likes of Ryan Owens and Conor Turbitt return from the states. Crossmaglen will be favourites to land the top position and they will hope that Rian ONeill can carry his Armagh form into the club championship while Aaron Kernan is still the architect of a lot of their play. Last seasons Champions will have to overcome the same side they beat in the 2018 county final to secure top spot of Group 1. Their forward unit can cause some bother with the McGeown brothers Eamon and Paul along with Michael Stevenson but can they do enough at the other end of the field is the question. Ballymacnab meanwhile will also feel they can top the group but injuries have took their toll at the tail end of the league. Rory and Jack Grugan along with Gavin McParland form a lethal attack while Captain Michael Beagan will steady the ship at the back. Sarsfields have already been relegated from the Senior division and will battle it out with Clann Eireann to earn the final playoff spot.

Clady kept on top with Malachy Savage striking his second of the game before Eamon Haughey raised a green flag to put his side four in front.

Cusack and Lavery were instrumental in the next score, winning a free which Eamon Cusack converted with ease. Annaghmore got a second goal from a penalty and Maghery responded with a great score from Seamus Forker. Half time score Maghery 2:08, Annaghmore 2:01.Two goals in the second half for Annaghmore mid way through the second half brought them to four points of Maghery but with James Lavery and Joe Fox making some great catches in midfield; the defence working tirelessly to break down further Annaghmore attacks and Eamon Cusack, Seamus Forker, Stefan Forker all in fine scoring form, Maghery never really seemed like letting this match slip away from them. Maghery convincingly defeated Annaghmore in the semi-final of the Pat McMahon Cup last Friday evening in Felix Hamil Park. Stefan Forker opened the scoring for the home side with back to back points, cousin Conor adding a third before Annaghmore registered their first from a free.A Stephen Cusack free found James Lavery who passed the ball to Niall Forker who put three between the sides again. Magherys answer came son after when Seamus Forkers shot dropped over the keepers head into the net.Maghery defended well against Annaghmore attacks and further scores from Eamon Cusack & Conor Forker opened a six-point lead for the Loughshore men. The home side kept up the pressure and a move starting from a foul on Antony Nugent and involving James Lavery, Joe Fox and Seamus Forker ended with an excellent finish from Paul Forker to register Magherys second goal of the match. Final score Maghery 2:16, Annaghmore 4:05.Congratulations to the boys on a great team performance. Annaghmore kept themselves within reach soon after when a Shane Symth free found the top of the Maghery net. Details of the final will follow in the next few weeks. Maghery now face Clan na Gael in the final of the Pat McMahon Cup.

Once again Madden began the half on top with Ciaran Raffertys early score followed by a brace from Niall Grimley. Maddens second half points were cancelled out when Oisin MacIomhair fired home a penalty after 40 minutes but Madden soon regained full control of the encounter as they outscored the travelling side 2-6 to 0-1 in the final 20 minutes.

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League Champions Maghery look to be the biggest challengers to the throne with Ballymacnab and Armagh Harps also looking to capture the trophy. Crossmaglen will no doubt be everyones favourites to triumph above the rest in this years Senior Championship and complete their two in a row but unlike other years they wont have it all their own way. The Senior Championship kicks off this weekend with games played on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Sarsfields earned an important win against bottom side Culloville to drag themselves out of the relegation zone, now ahead of Annaghmore by the minimum of margins.

The Loughshore men led at this stage 1-13 to 0-4 with just seven minutes to go and with the result hardly in doubt, Annaghmore hit five consecutive points: Conor Cullen with two and one each for Michael McConville and Ciarn Mac omhair and the fifth from Oisn Mac omhair who was awarded a free after advantage was played, but the linesman spotted that the initial effort had actually went over the bar. Oisn Mac omhair converted a great score from way out, but Maghery never let up and added scores through Aidan Forker from a free and Stefan Cusack from play. The final score of the game fell to the man who started the scoring as Aidan Forker converted a free to end with a personal tally of 0-6 and a 1-15 to 0-9 victory for Maghery. Annaghmore, however, could not push on and Maghery settled again to hit four consecutive scores, Conor Mackle with one, Stefan Cusack with two and Ronan Lappin with a good effort. The Pearses did make a bright enough start to the second half with scores from Conor Cullen and Oisn Mac omhair from the dead ball.

In the highest scoring game of the weekend St Pauls overcame a battling Middletown side whose performance wasnt enough to lift them from the foot of the table.

Maghery added a number of wides of their own before James Lavery score the games only three pointer 25 minutes into the first half, after great interplay with Aidan Forker. Michael McNeice finally opened Annaghmores scoring, but Maghery hit back with a couple of scores, one from Conor Mackle and the other from Aidan Forker with a free. Annaghmore struggled against the wind in the first half, hitting a number of wides and missed a half goal chance when a pass from Conor McCann was just out of the reach of Connor Cullen. Maghery hit the ground running and took advantage of the strong breeze in the first half with Aidan Forker hitting 0-3 in the first 10 minutes. Annaghmore were still struggling against the wind and a tight Maghery defence and when a long ball in from Michael McQuade was gathered by Daniel McQuade, his shot on goal trailed right across the goalmouth and wide to leave Annaghmore with a huge mountain to climb in the second period. Niall Forker and Conor Mackle tagged on points to put Maghery 1-7 to 0-1 ahead. Maghery got their Senior Championship campaign off to a decent start in Derrymacash on Friday evening after a comfortable 1-15 to 0-9 win over Annaghmore.

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Liam Grimley and Joe Sheridan knocked over points while Niall Smith powered forward to rattle the Annaghmore net for the third time on the day. Madden rounded off a brilliant performance with Niall Grimley getting his 6thpoint before Neil McGuinness 61stminute goal saw Madden deservingly win 4-17 to 2-8. Liam Grimley, Ciaran Rafferty and Niall Grimley all chipped in as Annaghmore responded with a single point.

The final group isperhaps the hardest to call as Killeavy, St Patricks and Pearse Ogs will alllook to fill the top spot. Conor ONeill undoubtedly is the shining light while Kyle Mallon, JamesDonnelly and Caolan McConville are there for assistance. St Patricks have been challengers for the topprize for a few years but this season they suffered relegation from the topsector of the league. Paul and Anto Duffy still lead from the front while the FreemansShea and James along with Vincy Brady will try and continue their good formbuild up during the league. Niall Rowland is still the main man for Cullovilleand they will need Ryan Garvey and Shane Carragher on top form to have anychance of progressing through the group stages. They should still have enough to gain at least a play offplace in Group 4 with Aidan Nugent and Kyle Reid their main attacking threats. Pearse Ogs topped section B ofthe Senior League with 11 wins from 14 games and they should be happy withtheir group. Unfortunately for Culloville their league campaignwill not have filled them with much hope as they won just once all year, theirwin coming on the last day. Justin McNulty is in hissecond year with the youthful side and he has plenty of talent at his disposal. Killeavy were perhaps hailed as the easiest of the top four teams and theynow face the challenge of proving the doubters wrong.