Congratulations to our Under 16 Ulster Club Champions who overcame a fancied Glen side in the final of the Paul McGirr Memorial Tournament in Dromore on Sunday. Having beaten Newry Shamrocks and St Enda’s Glengormley on the way to the final the boys produced a magnificent display of fast flowing creative football to become the first Armagh to claim the Ulster Under 16 title. Congratulations to all the players and management team of Tim and Cathal. Full match report to follow. Final score: Crossmaglen 1 -18; Glen 1 – 05.
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 under Underage.
Boosted by the return of in form Caolan Dillon after injury, the foundation to this memorable victory was in the ability of the hardworking disciplined Crossmaglen defence to supp…ress the Belfast attack throughout the first half. Time after time the tackling of Fergal Burns, Ruairi O’Neill and Aaron Smylie frustrated the Glengormley boys. Conor Eastwood scored first with a free and added to it with another free before halftime, but the Rangers,with the hardworking half forwards Peter Short and Stephen Morris allied to the strong running of Johnny McKeever meant that the much vaunted Belfast halfback line were curtailed. Oisin O’Neill was prominent especially when moved to full forward and along side Rian O’Neill manufactured a goal chance for the midfielder Daniel Cunningham to finish to the net. After Rian and Eoin Keenen had been fouled, Oisin struck two delightful frees, to leave the halftime score of Rangers 1:2 to St Enda’s 0:2.
Tactically Tim and Cathal rang the changes to great effect with sub Cormac Donnelly finding space with a point and sub Cillian Cumiskey boosting an already fluent attack that had the dominant Oisin scoring with ease adding a further 6 points to his tally, some of his scores were 45 m plus efforts. Miceal McCabe continued in the rich vein of form he displayed for his school by adding his 2 trademark over the shoulder points. Full backs Ryan Mc Keever and Shane Farrelly totally negated the Belfast attack curtailing them to only 2 points. The accuracy of goalkeeper Jamie McEvoy has been a feature of the campaign and his kicking skill gave Stephen Morris the opportunity along with his midfield partner Daniel to dominate their sector, Stephen scoring a fine point. Johnny Mc Keever seemed to be everywhere and coupled with Caolan Dillons tough tackling and Rian and Ruairi O ‘Neills accurate passing meant that the very potent forward line had a platform to showcase their talents. Pearce Martin and Shane McEntegart contributed when they came on. The final score wasRangers 1:12, St Enda’s 0:4. the game was well refereed, played in ideal conditions and in a great spirit, and both teams share in the praise for their disciplined attitude. Next Sunday at 1pm in Dromore is the date for your diary where Watty Graham’s , Maghera will be our final opponents. It should be a great spectacle between the two best U’16 teams in Ulster.
Posted: November 29th, 2013 under Underage.
Best wishes to our Under21′s who take on St Patricks, Cullyhanna in the Under 21 Championship Final on Sunday 24 November 2013 in the Athletic Grounds Armagh at 2.00pm. The game will be broadcast live via the Armagh GAA website for £1. Click on the Armagh TV link to access the game.
Posted: November 21st, 2013 under Club News.
Our Under 16 County champions take on Down Champions Newry Shamrocks on Saturday 02 November in the first round of the Ulster Under 16 Tournament hosted by the Dromore club in Co Tyrone. The Paul McGirr tournament now in its eleventh year and is named in memory of the former Dromore and Tyrone Minor who so tragically lost his life when playing for Tyrone in an Ulster championship game against Armagh in 1997.
A supporters bus will leave the hall on Saturday at 11.15am. To book a seat contact Kevin O Neill on 087 232 6058.
Posted: October 28th, 2013 under Club News.