The Donnelly Group Armagh Intermediate championship gets underway this weekend with three decent contests to look forward to on Sunday. Culloville, having just claimed the league title, will be looking forward to their opener against St Paul’s, as they attempt to win a league and championship double. Culloville have plenty of firing power up front with Colm Watters and Niall Rowland and John Kingham may have a big say in midfield. St Paul’s will be depending on the McCaughleys and Nashat the back to keep the Culloville attack at bay. The Lurgan side, who are missing Andrew Murnin and Feidhlim O’Neill, are coming off the back of a poor league campaign, but will now refocus on the championship to earn redemption as they hope to catch Culloville on the hop in Keady.
Shane O’Neills will take on Mullaghbane in the first part of a double header in Cullyhanna. Both sides have struggled so far this year with Mullaghbane finishing at the foot of Intermediate A, while Shane O’Neills finished just above the relegation zone in Intermediate B. Mullaghbane look to have a good forward unit with Eugene McVerry, Eddie English and Armagh minor Shea Loye the men to look out for. However, it may be a trying weekend for the Mullaghbane contingent in the Killeavy hurling team who are in the Armagh junior final the day before. Shane O’Neills will welcome back a number of players who have been away travelling and will look to Ryan McCabe in the middle and Mícheál Brady to push them through to the next round.
The final game of this weekend will take place in Tullysaran at 6.30pm with St Peters playing Whitecross. In the league match ups, each side claimed an away win and St Peters finished just a couple of points above Whitecross. St Peters will look to their county players Aaron Findon and Niall McConville, while Whitecross will be thinking of their defeat in last year’s final to Lurgan side Clann Éireann, as they try to go one better this year. Both sides like to run the ball and this game could prove to be a close contest with the result possibly depending on which side is at full strength for Sunday.