THE 'FRIENDLY' DERBY


The 'Friendly' Derby

Just a few miles lie between An Port Mór and Clonmore and the closeness in distance is matched by closeness in rivalry and friendship. No one can forget the 2005 Armagh Junior final when a late Clonmore goal denied An Port Mór championship success.

The friendship may be best shown by the fact that the Chairmen of the clubs are cousins; Tony Casey and Gerard Cunningham. In fact Gerard's wife Breda is Chairwoman of the Naomh Mhuire An Port Mór Camogie Club. Former St Jarlaths's Blackwatertown Primary School head master John Donaghy would have taught and indeed coached some of the older Port Mór players, with his son Brendan playing a prominent role in the Clomore team.

Over the years there are a few players who would have played for both teams at different times, while both clubs are part of the Callan Gaels amalgamation.

On the pitch Clonmore have had the better start to the shortened season and had sat top of the division until Carriackcruppin took their unbeaten record.

Port Mór's solitary win came on the opening day at home to Collegeland. A couple of heavy defeats followed before a come back draw against Ballyhegan and a narrow defeat to Tullysaran in the championship.

Indeed local rivalries appear to bring out the best in Port Mór but without a game in nearly four weeks may be a little rusty. Clonmore's extra championship game and better overall form make the North Armagh side slight favourites for this one but don't be shocked if the game ends in a draw.

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