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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 07/01/19



Ashfield Golf Course, Cullyhanna have  sponsored this week’s online notes. Many thanks to Donal for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.



FonaCab Ulster Minor Football Final

Cross V Bellaghy 

On New Years Day our Minor team traveled to West Belfast to play Bellaghy in the Ulster Minor Final.

With twenty gone on the clock we only trailed by one but as the half entered the final minutes, Bellaghy went on a scoring spree, scoring 1-5 to our single point and at the break the Derry side had a significant lead,

Cross 0-3 Bellaghy 1-8

Our boys had a mammoth task ahead of them , Cian scored a point as play recommenced but the second half was to be a very one sided affair with the Bellaghy boys firmly in control, amassing 5-3 in the second period. Deservedly, it was to be Bellaghy’s day and they won on a score line of;

Cross 0-8 Bellaghy 6-11.

Hard luck to the entire squad and to Stephen and Thomas. We are very proud of you all. Congratulations to Bellaghy.





Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 24/12/18


FonaCab Ulster Minor Championship 
Cross V Ballyholland Harps

On Sunday all roads led to West Belfast for our Ulster Minor Championship clash against Down champions, Ballyholland Harps.
Conditions were good for the game, dry with only a slight breeze.
We got to a dream start, the game only seconds old when Cían McConville had the ball in the back of the oppositions net. An Oisín Doyle point minutes later and with five gone on the clock we led 1-1 to no score.
Ballyholland got their opening scores, two points in quick succession to reduce our lead to two.
Both sides had missed chances before Ballyholland got a goal and for the first time in the match, they had the lead by the narrowest of margins. As the game entered the second quarter, points from Cían McConville and Odhran Kieran edged us in front once more. Our no 1, Stephen Morgan excelled in goals, pulling off a number of fantastic saves.
As the minutes ticked down to half time, points from Oisín Doyle and Cían McConville both from frees converted put three between the sides and seconds before the half time whistle blew, Ballyholland scored a point to leave the score at the break;
Cross 1-05 Ballyholland Harps 1-03
A Ballyholland point at the start of the second half brought it back to one point game before Oisín Doyle converted a free to stretch the lead to two. A super pass from Oisín Doyle to Odhran Kieran who was dragged down, saw us awarded a penalty. Cían struck it superbly to give him his second goal of the match and to strengthen our lead.
Ballyholland responded, two points in as minutes, (1,f) to leave three between the sides midway though the second half.
With ten left the clock, Ballyholland got their second goal to leave it 2-6 a piece but only for a short period of time, seconds later the ball was the opposite end of the field, a fantastic pass to James Teelan who scored our third goal but again, Ballyholland responded, two unanswered points and with five minutes left we were down to a one point game, nail biting stuff.
We finished the game very strong, three points one after another, Cian (2) and Odhran (1) helped to seal the victory and we booked our place in the final on New Years Day where we play either St Eunan’s or Bellaghy.
Cross 3-09 Ballyholland Harps 2-08
Well done to the entire squad on what was a fantastic all round team performance. Well done also to the management, Stephen Kernan & Thomas Cassidy & Peter McAllister (Backroom)
It was a brilliant entertaining game of football. Hard luck to Ballyholland and thanks very much for your good wishes for the final.
Good luck in the final lads.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 17/12/18


Mr John O’Reilly
When news broke of John’s passing, the entire club were immensely sad. John and the O’Reilly family have been and continue to be an inaugural part of our club.
John, our honorary president had a long  affiliation with the Crossmaglen Rangers which began over sixty years ago. In 1952  he donned the black and Amber jersey for the first time. His footballing career spanned the fifties and early sixties. Following his marriage to Angela, his involvement in the club moved from the football field to the administration side serving as chairman in the 60’s on two occasions. When the troubles were at their height, John was appointed Chairman of Armagh which was a challenge considering the difficult times that nationalists were experiencing at the time. 1977,  the year Armagh contested the All Ireland Final, saw John Chairman of Armagh County Board until 1981 and he was  re-elected again for a two year period as the decade drew to a close.
Following the untimely death of fellow Cross Ranger, Gene Larkin, John became a delegate with the Ulster council. 2002 was a golden year for him,  attending his fiftieth All Ireland Final he saw Armagh crowned All Ireland Champions and he also was appointed Ulster Council Chairman.
John has spoken on many occasions about his pride and joy at seeing the success
of his beloved Crossmaglen Rangers who were always at the centre of his heart.
Many tributes have been paid to John over the past few days which are truly deserved.
The entire Crossmaglen Rangers club thank John for his hard work, passion and dedication to the Rangers and the GAA in general, his contribution will forever be remembered , a true Gael.
May he rest in peace.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 10/12/18

Armagh U21 Championship Replay
Tuesday night saw our U21’s play Mullaghbawn in the replay of Armagh U21 Championship.
A bitterly cold and damp Dromintee was the venue.
Mullaghbawn had two points on the board, (1F)before we registered our opening score, a Rían O’Neill point. Four points in quick succession for us followed, Miceal McCabe (2), Daniel Cunningham and a super strike from Rían to put three between the sides at the midway point.
The final minutes of the half saw the opposition score three unanswered points to level matters and as the game entered injury time, Miceal McCabe slotted the ball over  the bar to leave the bare minimum between the sides at the break;
Cross 0-6 Mullaghbawn 0-5

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 03/12/18

FonaCAB Ulster Minor QF

Cross V Derrygonnelly Harps

Colaiste Feirste was the setting for our fonaCAB Ulster Minor QF clash with Derrygonnelly Harps. The Fermanagh men were quick off the mark, midfielder Ronan McHugh slotting the ball over the bar when the game was only seconds old.
Four scores in quick succession,  a trio for Cian (1,F) and one for James Teelan put us ahead by three with ten gone on the clock.
Some super catches from Shane Morgan ensured the ball was in plenty of supply for our forwards. Three more points from us, James and two for Cían (1,F) meant at the midway point of the first half we had a comfortable lead. Derrygonnelly responded with three unanswered points to reduce the deficit. Both sides had a number of missed opportunities as the half drew to a close and at the halfway point of the match two was the difference between the teams;
Cross 0-7  Derrygonnelly 0-5
We got off to a dream start seconds after the ball had been thrown in to get the second half underway, a super catch from Shane Morgan was placed to Cían who passed to Dara O’Callaghan who fisted the ball into the oppositions net to put us in a commanding position.
As the game entered the last quarter, Derrygonnelly registered a point on the scoreboard but we pushed on, the scores of the match coming in those final minutes, James Teelan (1), Oisín Doyle (3,1F) and Odhran Kieran (1)  helped to secure our lead and we ran out winners on a scoreline of;
Cross 1-12 Derrygonnelly 0-6
Well done to the entire squad and management.
We now play either Ballyholland or Oliver Plunkett’s on the 23rd December.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 26/11/18


It is congratulations all around.
On Saturday night, Aaron Kernan, Paul Hughes, Johnny Hanratty, Rían O’Neill and Kyle Carragher were  awarded an Armagh Club All Star. Congratulations and well done boys.
Aaron, was also awarded Senior Club Footballer. The entire club send our heartiest congratulations and well done to our Senior Captain, Aaron.