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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 02/09/19


Armagh U18.5 Minor Championship QF
Madden V Cross
Monday evening the minor team and management travelled to Madden. Martin Conroy was the man in the middle.
The scoring of the match opened in the fourth minute, James Teelan slotted over a point and Madden converted a free.
Points from Oisin Doyle and Dara O’Callaghan  followed to give us a narrow lead with the game only minutes old. Both sides had a number of missed opportunities. Two points from the home-side (1,F) left the game all square with ten to go until the break.
We finished the half strong, scoring 1-4 in those final minutes, James Teelan the goal scorer to leave the score at the break;
Madden 0-03 Cross 1-07

We scored the first score of the second half thanks to a James Teelan point. Some excellent goal keeping from our number 1, Stephen Morgan prevented the Madden boys from scoring.
Both sides traded points as the game entered the last quarter.
Caolan Dooley registered a point, seconds later the ball was the opposite end of the field and Martin Conroy deemed a foul had been committed and awarded Madden a penalty. Stephen Morgan pulled off a fantastic save but the ball rebounded and they kicked it into the net to reduce the deficit.
We responded, two points in as many minutes, both super scores, substitute Ronan Fitzpatrick and Oisin Doyle the scorers. Madden scored three points one after the another but as the game drew to a close, Ruairi Kieran and Dara O’Callaghan (F) brought the scoring to a close and we booked a place in the semi final of the Armagh Minor Championship.
Madden 1-07  Cross 1-14
Well done lads and management
The minor championship semi-final V Killeavy/ Clan Eireann will take place on Monday 16th September @ 6:45pm venue TBC & ET if required.
Armagh IFC Rd 3 
Cross V Middletown 
Saturday evening we welcomed Middletown to St Oliver Plunkett park for round three of the Intermediate Football Championship.
The first half was a close encounter with both sides matching score for score and only one point separated the sides at the break;
Cross 0-7 Middletown 0-6
The second half was ten minutes old when the opening score came thanks to a Callum Kieran point.
We then took full control of the game, scoring 2-05 without reply, John Murtagh & Callum Kieran the goal scorers to put the game firmly out of Middletown’s reach. The final minutes of the game where to be the away sides best spell of the second period, they  registered 1–03 to leave the score at full time;
Cross 2-13 Middletown 1-09
Well done lads and management
Sponsor A Ball

Gene Duffy will sponsor the ball for our Group 1 Rd 3 Armagh SFC match against Ballymacnab on Sunday afternoon,
Thanks very much Gene & the Duffy family for your sponsorship and ongoing support.
Pic Below; Gene, Benny and Gene Duffy & Tara McCreesh present the ball to Paul McKeown
Tuesday 3rd September
U14.5 Div 1 Rd 13
Clann Éireann V Cross, Clann Éireann @7pm
Wednesday 4th September
U16.5 Division 1 Championship Final 
Cross V Clan na Gael, Athletic Grounds @8.05pm
Good luck to the entire squad & management
U10.5 Section A Rd 6
Derrynoose V Cross, Derrynoose, time TBC
U10.5 Section B Rd 6
Cross V Dorsey, Cross, time TBC
Saturday 7th September
U12.5 Section C Rd 5
Carrickcruppen V Cross, Carrickcruppen, time TBC
Armagh IFC
Cross V An port Mór, Granemore @6pm. Winners progress to QF
Sunday 8th September
Armagh SFC Group 1 Rd 3 
Cross V Ballymacnab, Cross @2pm

Cross Ladies Football Notes:

A special note: We would like to wish club member Hollie McLoughlin and her family the very best in her move to Kerry, in the coming weeks. Hollie has been playing with us for two years, at U10 and we have many fond memories of blitzes and matches with your team mates. We know that whatever club you join, they are gaining a great player and club member.

U12 Championship Final v Pearse Ogs:

if anyone wanted to see how much ladies football has developed and progressed in our club, they should’ve attended this match. For the last two seasons we have struggled to field at U12, and this year we are in a championship final with 11 subs eager to get a game. It was an impossible task picking a team, as each player on this panel has trained and worked hard all year. We knew going into this match it would be a tough match and the windy conditions did not help things at all. It was a game of end to end action, with each and every player fighting hard to contest this final, however it wasn’t to be.

The final score 1-14 to 1-09

Pic Below; U12’s enjoyed a pizza party after the championship final.



Games & Training Info:

U10 & 12 training continues on Monday night at 6pm, we have a couple of games left this season and we want complete all Fixtures. In particular, our U10s are preparing for the Maura McNally Blitz on the 7th September. It is an honour to be invited back to this blitz and we are looking forward to a great days football. The bus will be leaving the hall at 9am.

Also on Saturday 22nd they will travel to Silverbridge Blitz.

U14 girls do the double:

Congratulations to our U14 squad who lifted the league title on Monday night past. This is a fantastic achievement for this team and I know they will be stepping it up a gear to play in the U16 Championship.




Pic Below; Captain Eimear McMahon receives the League Shield 



U16 & U14 training continues Wednesday at 7pm and also next Saturday at 4pm. They have a few league games left, Paul will keep you posted. Meanwhile it is full steam ahead for the U16 championship semi-Final, where they will meet Mullaghbawn. This game is scheduled for the 21st September.


Juvenile Draw

Thanks very much to everyone who bought tickets for the Juvenile draw. All monies raised from the draw will go directly to our underage structure.
Juvenile Draw Winners 
1st Prize; Anne Murray, C/O Alan McGrath 
2nd Prize; Chloe Shevlin, Inniskeen
3rd Prize; Patrick Casey (JR), 9 Coolderry Rd
Congratulations to our winners.
Legends Of The Game 
On Saturday seventy five people left the club to travel to Croke Park for the Legends Tour which was led by our very own Joe & Aaron Kernan. It was a fantastic and proud occasion for the club. It was amazing to hear first hand Joe and Aaron’s accounts of their experiences of Croke Park, Aaron as a player and Joe has both a player and a manager. 
Gerry our tour guide was a former Monaghan goalkeeper who had played against Armagh when Joe was a player. We visited the changing rooms (the changing rooms that Kerry used on All Ireland final day) which held so many memories for Joe and Aaron, the U10.5 squad led us out of the changing rooms to pitch side where we all took seats in the VIP area and heard some more first hand accounts from Aaron and Joe. We then went back inside where Sam Maguire was waiting for us, there was time for photos, craic and more reminiscing. The legends tour on Saturday created so many wonderful memories especially for our young people, we thank Aaron and Joe for a fantastic tour.
The U10 squad and mentors travelled to Ballyboden St Endas for a challenge match. My group dined in style with lunch in the Croke Park Hotel. A brilliant  day was had by all. We send our sincere thanks to Niamh McCoy, Director, Croke Park Museum for all her assistance and co-operation in organising the tour and huge thanks to Gerry our tour guide. Thanks also to bus drivers, Veronica and Cellsus.
A special mention for our U10.5 squad and their mentors, whose presence and excitement enriched the experience for us all.
Bobby Browne Tournament 
U12.5 teams and mentors travelled to Carrickcruppen on Saturday to participate in the Bobby Browne blitz.
Both teams played some superb football.
Well done boys and management.
We thank Carrickcruppen for the invite, warm welcome and hospitality.
Executive Meeting
September’s executive Meeting will take place on Tuesday night @9pm
Irish Dancing 
Irish dancing with Majella restarts Monday 2nd September at 4.15 in Rangers hall. New dancers welcome, looking forward to seeing you all again
Bingo every Monday night @8.30pm. The jackpot is £1900 on 48 numbers.
A reminder to everyone who may have family away from home, you can play our lotto online by clicking on the following link;
Draw; 01/09/19
Numbers Drawn; 4  11  15  17 
No Jackpot winner
7 match  3 numbers; winning £15 each. Well done to our match three winners.

Jackpot; £2200/€3200

Next Draw; 08/09/18