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Armagh star McNulty to take the Laois

By Micheal McGeary

Armagh's Justin McNulty is in line to become the new Laois football manager.

The Mullaghbawn native, full back on Armagh’s 2002 All Ireland winning side, will speak with the Laois Executive this evening and the job could be his before the week’s out.

With Mullaghbawn he won both Armagh and Ulster club championship medals before moving on to enjoy management success with Cavan side Mullahoran.

He is currently part of Armagh manager Paddy O’Rourke’s back up team along with Donal Murtagh and Mike McGurn.

Defending Armagh senior football champions Pearse Og made a winning start to the defence of their title against a disappointing Mullaghbawn side in Cullyhanna.

No fewer than 19 points separated the sides at the finish, the holders advancing on a 3-15 to 0-5 scoreline, Mark Cullen(2) and Ross Clarke with the goals.

Dromintee, who started their game against Whitecross with no fewer than five Armagh county players on-board, edged out Whitecross by the minimum.

Whitecross missed a penalty midway through the first-half before Dromintee’s Cathal McKenna scored the only goal on half-time.

Granemore edged out St. Michael’s 1-9 to 1-4, Kieran Rafferty’s late goal wrapping it all up.

Clan na Gael were beaten by St Patrick’s, 1-16 to 0-9, former colleges star Liam O’Hare with the crucial goal.

Clann Eireann went within an ace of overcoming Maghery in an abrasive match where four players were red carded, two from each side, before Seamus Forker eased Maghery to a one point victory.

Former Armagh, Ulster and All Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers signalled their intentions with a 4-14 to 0-9 victory over Carrickcruppin in Silverbridge, Jamie Clarke, Martin Ahearne and Aaron Cunningham among the goals, the fourth goal, something of a rarity, an own goal.

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