Let's get one thing straight. League Secretary Micky Cunningham will walk on water before this Whitecross side will win the league! Ok they've got off to a dream start but does anyone really believe they can win the Premier Division?
McGuigans landed out to Whitecross without arguably their 2 best players not taking part' Skippy Morgan who unfortunately has an expired passport so was unable to travel ' And Gerard McGuigan we hear had a bout of food poisoning so decieded to stay in bed (yeah a likely story) But captain marvel (Hanna Snr) and his band of merry men still gave the home side a good game.
Cathal Phelan who has now won 4/4 in league games was on form again when he beat Damien Flanagan to put the 'Cross' boys 1 up.
Barry Shields doubled Whitecross' lead with a good win over the dependable 'Soup Campbell & Shane Phelan put the South Armagh lads in cruise control with victory over Paul McAreavey.
It was young potter Michael Feenan against The Wily fox Brendan Healey. The Fox was too 'cute' and Healey pulled one back for the visitors and it was 3-1.
Marty O'Callaghan of Whitecross had 3/3 wins & the pressure was on the experienced Kieran Hanna. This was his team after all. He is the captain of this new look McGuigans team which badly needed the 2pts to stay in touch the league leaders. This game was crucial.
The vultures would be circling if they lost. In the end the pressure got to Hanna and O'Callaghan ensured Whitecross would take a minimum of a point from the match and it was 4-1
Gareth McCann had the chance to seal the win but Young Ciaran Hanna is made of sterner stuff than his Dad Kieran (Snr) he pulled the scores back to 4-2 to give Monaghan Street side a glimmer of hope.
Paddy O'Callaghan is another Whitecross player with 3/3 wins in our hotshot list which is now online. John Magee after a rest last week and with all his experience would have been favourite to bring the match to a decider but O'Callaghan is in superb form and the Whitecross lad sealed the win with a fine performance. The score read 5-2 with O'Callaghan now on to 4/4.
Mickey O'Hanlon has been in fine form so far this season and hammered home an emphatic win for the champions elect (yeah sure) Daniel McGuigan missed some good chances but it was O'Hanlon who rubbed salt into the Hanna and Co's wounds wrapping up a 6-2 win.
This win for Whitecross keeps they're amazing 100% in tact & gives them a comfortable 4pt lead over McGuigans with a game less played.
Needless to say TJ's A are sitting back laughing at Whitecross taking all the headlines. They're motoring along nicely 2pts behind the leaders after picking up another brace of points on Thursday night.
Raymie McKenna has picked up a few losses this season so far as Seamus McVerry took advantage of McKenna's confidence shortage and it was 1-0 Dan's C.
Larry McAlinden certainly isn't lacking confidence as he levelled the scores when he beat sharp shooter Mark McGuirk for 1-1.
Darren Devlin was up against the Newry Individuals champion - Dan's legend James O'Hagan. O'Hagan was on form as he made it 2-1 to Dan's.
Manny Byrne, Tristan Byrne and Jack Courtney hit a purple patch for TJ's and the visitors were on the verge of 2pts after wins over Terry Phoenix, Shane McMahon & Chris Smith and it was 4-2 TJ's.
Stevie Noade has struggled so far this season and the champions were in a match after Jimmy McVerry kept up his superb form & it was 4-3.
Declan McConville was on last and he made amends for last week's mistake when he despatched Barry Boyle fairly easily to grab 2 valuable points.
Sheepbridge A have had a pretty torrid start to the season. After gathering up a lot of legends in the local game they were meant to be the main title challengers to TJ's crown.
Seamus McGeoghegan & Harvey Lavelle found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline after defeats to Kieran McMahon & Marty McClelland to put the visiting CWC in the lead. 4 in a row from Barry Duffy, Pat Brady, Niall McVerry & Paddy Tavey over Cailin McParland, Gerry Cregan, Liam Quinn & cpt Paul Kelland swung the tie 4-2 to Sheepbridge.
Damien Lonergan lost out to Pat Hughes & it was 4-3 to the bowling club as another draw looked on the cards for them.
But the aul grinder himself Bernie Magee was on hand to sew up 2 vital points with a win over Kieran Cunningham.
The win means they don't fall any further behind Whitecross & TJ's A but they have a lot more to do to move into title contenders!