The Athletic Grounds in Armagh will play host to the Armagh county hurling finals this Sunday. The Junior final will see Sean Treacey’s match up against Derrynoose at 2pm, while the senior decider between neighbours Middletown and Keady will throw in at 3.45pm.
Hurling in Armagh has long been synonymous with Middletown and Keady and Sunday’s clash will no doubt draw a large crowd as the Lámh Dhearg men try to make it two senior championship titles in a row. Middletown go into the game having deposed of Armagh side Cuchulainn’s in the semi-finals on a scoreline of 0-19 to 0-10, producing some of their best hurling in the second period after Dean Gaffney’s inspirational penalty save late in the first half. Keady, who will be captained by the long-serving Joby Burke, go into the final having received a bye, but they will certainly be up for the challenge against their rivals.
The junior decider will see Lurgan side Sean Treacey’s attempt to win the title, after falling short by the most minimum of margins in the previous two years. They put up a big score in the semi-final against Camloch’s Craobh Rua and will be hoping for much of the same on Sunday. Derrynoose came through a low-scoring tactical semi-final against Killeavy to reach the final. They will look to their captain Paddy Kelly and to their other county players to show leadership on Sunday. Both sides have a great blend of youth and experience and are working hard to strengthen the native game in their respective areas.
The hurling finals have been keenly contested in recent years and this year will be no different. Expect two cracking hard-fought, tight and sporting affairs at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday. Good luck to all four clubs involved.
Pic 1: Representatives from the four county hurling finalists in the lead up to the games on Sunday
Pic 2: Anthony Carville from Seán Treacey’s and Patrick Kelly from Derrynoose pictured before the Armagh Junior Hurling final
Pic 3: David Carvill from Middletown Na Fianna and Joby Burke from Keady Lámh Dhearg pictured before the Armagh Senior Hurling final