BEING able to hold All-Ireland winners like Kyle Carragher, Tony Kernan and Johnny Hanratty on the bench until the second half of Saturday night’s Armagh SFC semi-final win over Maghery illustrated the fierce competition for places that exists in the Crossmaglen squad.
MAGHERY won the senior league and reached the semi-finals of the championship in Finnian Moriarty’s first season as manager but, despite that, the former Armagh defender says the loughshore club has “fallen short” of its target in 2019.
Armagh Senior Football Championship semi-final: Crossmaglen Rangers 2-9 Maghery Sean McDermott’s 0-8 THE stage is set for another Orchard county thriller said Crossmaglen manager Kieran Donnelly after his side set up a repeat of last year’s decider against Ballymacnab thanks to a workmanlike win over Maghery on Saturday night.
Danske Bank Premiership (all games today, 3pm) Carrick Rangers v Coleraine COLERAINE followed up their encouraging win over Crusaders with a home draw against Larne, leaving them five points adrift of the league leaders.
Children and teachers at a primary school in Portaferry will among those huddled around their TVs today to cheer on past pupil Ciara Mageean as she becomes just the second Irish woman ever to appear in a world 1500m final.
AFTER 14 games in what was predicted to be the most wide-open Antrim Senior Football Championship for many years, it all comes down to the past two winners at Corrigan Park tomorrow to see who will be crowned champions for 2019.
THE question is not whether Glen can get closer than the 18 points that separated Slaughtneil from them in the league decider in August. The question is whether they can bring a big performance to a big game.
EITHER way, a generation gap will be bridged in Owenbeg this evening. Magherafelt haven’t been in a county final since 1983, and Banagher haven’t been there since five years previous – when they lost to Magherafelt.