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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 24/06/19

Armagh SFL Rd 9
Maghery V Cross 
On Friday night our senior team travelled  to Maghery. The first quarter saw the home side settle quickly, a free converted in the opening seconds to get the scoring underway. Mel Boye chipped over a point in the third minute to level matters. Maghery scored three points without reply  to give them an early lead,  a super strike from Mel which sailed over the bar left two between the sides as the game entered the second quarter.
Next to get his name on the scoresheet was Seanie McConville, Seanie slotted over a ‘45 to bring it back to a one point game. With ten to go until the break, we worked the ball well down the field to Cian who flicked the ball onto Mel and what was the score of the night, a rasper of a shot from the boot of Mel landed in the Maghery net to put us ahead for the first time in the match. We pushed on two points in quick succession, Mel (F) and Daniel Cumiskey and as the minutes ticked down on the clock to the break, we had a comfortable lead.
This lead was to be only short lived, the home side finished the half very strong, scoring 1-2 (1,F) in the closing minutes to leave it even stevens at the break.
Maghery  1-06  Cross 1-06
High drama ensued in the opening minutes of the second period, Gary Marshall awarded Maghery a penalty which they scored to regain the lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. They marched on, scoring a further 1-4 without reply to put them in a commanding position. Both sides scored two points a piece, Stephen Morris and Mel Boyce (F)  and with only minutes left until the full time whistle, Maghery slotted over a point before Mel Boyce scored two points to reduce the deficit but it want to be our night, Maghery  secured the points to stretch their lead at the top of the Division 1A league table.
Maghery 3-12 Cross 1-10
Hard luck lads and management. Next up is Silverbridge on Friday evening.
Congratulations to our U10 squad & management who won Naomh Éanna CLG tournament shield winners.
The boys played super football to be crowned shield winners.
Well done boys, we are so proud of you all.
Huge thanks to Naomh Éanna for the invite and your hospitality,
IFL B Rd 10
Cross V Éire Og
Well done to our seconds who had a good win against Éire Og. The game played in Cross on Friday night was a tight encounter but the boys got across the finishing line with a one point margin.
Cross 4-11  Éire Og 2-16
Well Done
Well done to Rian, Paul, James, Oisín and Armagh team/management on a superb victory against Monaghan in the qualifiers played in Clones on Saturday night.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 17/06/19

Mrs Joan Shields RIP
When news broke on Friday afternoon that Joan has passed, we were all stunned and extremely saddened.
Joan was truly devoted to her family, friends and Crossmaglen Rangers. A committed member, always ready to lend a hand when it was needed, a  loyal supporter and one of the first you would see sitting in the stand at games in St Oliver Plunkett park and further afield.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 10/06/19

U14.5 Division 1 Championship Semi Final
Cross V Mullaghabwn
On Thursday night, U14.5 squad were in action for U14.5 Division 1 Championship Semi Final. The game had been scheduled to be played in Killeavy on Tuesday but torrential rain saw the game postponed and refixed for Thursday. A toss of the coin which we won saw us granted a home venue.
We settled quickly, Aron O’Neill scoring a point with the game only twenty seconds old. Aron’s point was quickly followed by six points without reply which built up a comfortable lead for us and we were only in the first quarter of the game. Mullaghawn converted a free to get them off the mark, seconds later the same happened the opposite end of the field, Ryan Martin converted a free which was the start of another scoring spree for the home side, scoring 3-2 in the next ten minutes, a super pass from Ryan Martin to Aron O’Neill who struck the ball into the oppositions net to give us our first goal of the night, Aron scored our second goal and Benny Duffy the third after we were awarded a penalty.
Mullaghbawn’s best spell of the half came in the closing minutes, scoring two goals and two points, Ryan Martin and Conor McConville both scored a point a piece to leave the score at the break;
Cross 3-12 Mullaghabwn 2-03

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 03/06/19



Valuing the Volunteer – Margaret McShane Crossmaglen Rangers


I was asked by Ulster GAA to pick a volunteer in the club who I feel should receive recognition for their hard-work, dedication and passion for Crossmaglen Rangers. The piece appeared in the match programme, Armagh V Cavan.
I picked the one and only Margaret McShane.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”  This is a true saying when we think of all the volunteers across the island of Ireland who give up their time, put all their energy and passion into our national game and who will leave a legacy for the next generation to come who will carry on the good work.

Crossmaglen Rangers are no different, we have had and continue to have so many willing volunteers who over the years their contribution and passion for Gaelic Games and in particular Cross Rangers has made our club what it is today.  One of these special people is Margaret McShane.  Margaret(nee McKee) from Ballymacnab married Pat McShane in April 1973, the McShane family have a long affiliation with the club and so began Margaret’s journey with CrossmaglenRangers.


Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 27/05/19


Sponsor A Ball

Short’s Sports & Cycles will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against Dromintee on Thursday night.  Many thanks to Naoise, Mary and the Short family for  your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.


Naoise Short, Shorts Sports & Cycles presents the ball to Callum Cumiskey



Armagh U14.5 Championship QF
Cross V Clan na Gael 
Referee, Stephen McKinley with the two captains ahead of Armagh U14.5 Championship QF Clash.
Tuesday night saw our U14.5 squad in action against Lurgan side, Clan na Gael in the quarter final of the Championship.
We settled quickly, Fionnan Moley scoring a point not long after Stephen McKinley had thrown the ball in. Benny Duffy followed suit minutes later. Back to back goals for us , Jack Crummy and Shane Gallagher the scorers left us with a strong lead midway through the first half.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 20/05/19

Sponsor A Ball

B Cassidy & Sons will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against Cullyhanna  on Saturday evening. Many thanks to Benny, Thomas & the Cassidy families for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.
Pic Below;
Thomas Cassidy presents the ball to cousin, Mel Boyce