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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 02/07/18



Sponsor A Ball

Tiarnan & Conan Murtagh, Tullyard sponsored the ball for this week’s Senior league fixture with Maghery. Many thanks to Tiarnan & Conan for your sponsorship.

Pic Below;

Tiarnan presents the ball to his Uncle, Cross Goalkeeper, Jamie McEvoy.




Below; Tiarnan Murtagh, Jamie McEvoy, Conan Murtagh & Raymond Murtagh.



Senior A League

Cross V Maghery

Wednesday evening saw our seniors in action against Maghery. An extremely hot evening meant conditions were difficult for the players and officials.
The first half was an even encounter with some fine scores from both sides, Mel Boyce was our goal scorer and the Maghery goal was the result of a penalty.
Just before David Connolly blew the whistle to signal half time, Mickey McNamee put the ball over the bar to leave the score all even at the midway point,
Cross 1-05 Maghery 1-05
Maghery opened the scoring with a point when the second half was only seconds old. Three points in three minutes from us give us a narrow lead but Maghery reduced the deficit to just one with thirty eight minutes gone on the clock. We pushed on getting the next three points, Rian O’Neill(2) and Aaron Kernan (1). Maghery scored a point just at the halfway point of the second half to leave three between the sides. Aaron Kernan increased our lead to four with a super point before two quick points in as many minutes from the opposition left just two between the sides once again. As the game entered the last ten minutes , some good defending from us kept Maghery at bay from scoring and as the game drew to a close we scored another three points to leave the scoreline at the end;
Cross 1-15 Maghery 1-10
Well done lads and management.


John West Feile Peile na nÓg 2018

We had a busy few days in the club. As part of the 2018 John West Feile Peile na nÓg we were delighted and honoured to host Westport GAA team, mentors and families as well as fixtures.
Friday morning proceedings got under way when New York U14 Feile team and mentors made a quick stop with us on their way to their host club, Burren GAC, Co . Down. It was lovely to meet the NY contingent with so many of the group having family connections in the local area. Thanks very much to New York for taking time out of your busy schedule to call with us.
In the early afternoon the boys from the West arrived, Westport GAA. Chairman Eugene Hanratty and Joe Kernan spoke to the boys about what the Feile means to the Rangers Club and how so many of our players who went on to win All Ireland medals had participated in the Feile. Joe also reminisced about the time his sons were involved and how it was such a joyous family occasion . When all the formalities were over, the action moved to the football field. Westport were joined by Co Louth team, St Fechins and St Brigids GAC, Belfast.
The first game saw the Mayo boys up against the Louth boys. The match was played in blistering heat where the ref stopped the game on two occasions for the players to get some water. Westport sealed the victory in the opening game.
Next up saw our U14’s paired against St Brigids, Belfast. Some good play from both sides in very hot conditions saw St Brigids get across the finishing line.
A short break followed and our team were in action again . The opponents this time were St Fechins. The boys were more settled in this game and played some super football which resulted in a good win.
The last match of the day saw Westport V St Brigids.
A tight first half saw little between the sides at the half way point but in the second half the boys from the West stepped up a gear and went on to win their second match of the day.
Saturday morning’s football got under way at 10.00am after Colleen Savage sang Amhrán na bhFiann.
The hosts played the visitors, Cross V Westport. Even though the match had an early start, heat and a strong sun were already evident.
Westport kept their winning record intact and the action then moved to Termofeckin where Westport’s first game was against Lurgan side Clan Éireann. Our opponents were Walterstown. Our U14’s were beaten in the quarter final but they played some superb football and put in a tremendous effort and we all are so proud of the entire squad and management. Thanks very much to St Fechins for hosting us on Saturday.
On Saturday night, Barry McAllister played live in the hall. It was a great night and a presentation was made to the Westport team and management to recognise their participation in the Feile and their visit to Cross.
Thanks to everyone within the club especially Johnny Savage ( Feile Co-Ordinator) who helped in any way to ensure the weekend was huge success. Our sincere gratitude to our referees and officials, to all the families who hosted children for the weekend, Casey’s Supermarket, Martin Hardware, all the woman who helped in the kitchen and to Larry and Gene for all their hard work in the days leading up to the Feile and all over the weekend. Thanks to St Fechins and St Brigids for all their cooperation and help, it was a pleasure to have both teams visit and play at our club. Hearty congratulations to the National Feile committtee for all their dedication, organisation and hard work to ensure the Feile was an unforgettable experience for so many.
Finally, it was an honour and privilege to host Westport GAA. Our sincere gratitude to the entire Westport club for your presentation to the club and to our U14 team. What a fantastic group of talented young men, the world of Gaelic Games is bright.


Below; Cross Rangers U14



Below; Westport



Below; St Brigids


Below; St Fechin’s



Below; The Hosts with the Visitors.




Below; Happy pics from the Rangers Hall on Saturday night 







Below; The Westport Mammies








Below; The New York Squad with Mentors & Aaron Kernan



Below; Lorcan Kennedy, Luke Kelleher and Aaron Traynor, the south Armagh connection representing New York in Féile Peil na nÓg this weekend. The pride of their grandfathers Frank Murray, Crossmaglen; Paddy Lynch, Camlough and Tommy Traynor, Silverbridge







Intermediate League Div 2B (11)

Peadar Ó Doirnín GAA Forkhill V Cross

On Sunday afternoon our Intermediate team travelled to Forkhill for their round 11 intermediate league fixture.
The opening minutes of the first half was a close encounter and at the midway point Forkhill had a narrow lead of two. Both sides exchanged points before a Franny Hanratty point was quickly followed by a superb pass from Daniel Cumiskey to Ruairi O’Neill who kicked the ball into the net. Both  sides scored a point each and as the first half entered the final minutes we led by two. Two points from midfielder Calum Cumiskey left the score at half time ;

Forkhill 0-06 Cross 1-07

We got off to a dream start after the ref threw the ball in , Ruairi O’Neill hit his second goal of the day and strengthened our lead. Both sides exchanged points and with twenty to go we were ahead by seven.
Forkhill responded scoring 4 unanswered points to reduce the deficit to just three. As the game drew to a close , some excellent defending from us and two points from John Murtagh helped to secure the win.
Forkhill 0-11 Cross 2-10

Well done to the squad and management.






Monday 2nd July

U18 Div 1 League Rd 10
Cross V Armagh Harps

Wednesday 4th July

U10 Go Games Rd 10
Cross V Armagh Harps

Thursday 5th July

U16 League Div 1A
Cross V Madden

Saturday 7th July

U8 Go Games
St Patrick’s, Cullyhanna V Cross

U12.5 Go Games
Cross V Carrickcruppen

Sunday 8th July

Intermediate B League Div 2B
Cross V Middletown


Golf Classic

Final preparations are being put in place for our annual golf Classic which will take place this Friday in the prestigious Concra Wood Golf Course , Castleblayney.
Once again our sponsors will be Killycard Developments and Hanratty Oils. Many thanks to Eugene and the Hanratty family for your generous sponsorship and support for our golf Classic and the club.
We will welcome teams from across Ireland and abroad who are participating in the classic and many well known faces from the world of Gaelic Games.
It promises to be a great days golf.
We wish all those who are travelling to our Golf Classic a safe journey and we will see you all on Friday.





U6 Training

U6 training continues this Friday night at 6.30pm.


Summer Camp

Our annual summer camp this year we will once again be sponsored by Eugene Duffy Construction. The Camp will be led by Tony McEntee and will run from from Monday 6th – Friday 10th August. The Camp is open to everyone in the community and surrounding area. More details in the coming weeks.
Many thanks to Gene and the Duffy family for your generous sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.





Irish Classes

Irish classes are now finished for the summer. Many thanks to Niamh Burns for her excellent work and we hope to see Niamh back in September. Majella has also finished for summer but dancers are very welcome to attend lislea class during the summer.


Executive Meeting

Executive Meeting on Tuesday evening at 9.00pm.


Well Done

Well done to Armagh Senior team & Management who has a good win on Saturday evening in Armagh against Clare in Round 3 of the Qualifiers .



Congratulations and well done to all members / players who have or are about to graduate from College at this time.


Club Lotto



Our club lotto is available to play online. If you have family around the world please let them know about our lotto online, it is a great way of supporting the club when you are miles from home.
Below is the web address to play our lotto online.

Draw; 01/07/18

Numbers Drawn; 12, 13, 14, 27

No Jackpot Winner

2 matched 3 numbers; Michael Madine, c/o Margaret McShane & Shannon Savage, c/o Savages Bakery

Next Draw; 08/07/ 18

Jackpot; £9700/€10, 700




Janice Teelan (nee Farrell ), Lisseraw

Crossmaglen Rangers GFC send their deepest condolences to Janice’s Daughters Karriann, Jade & Dervla, her Father Owen, Brother Kevin, Husband Jim, Grandchildren and the entire Teelan and Farrell families on the sad passing of Janice.
Ar dheis Dé go hanam


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